Different Sports Massage Techniques
It is imperative that your sports massage therapist is familiar with each muscle and how they are affected by specific stresses and movements of each sport. Our Zen’d Out sports massage therapists are also trained in cryotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Sports massage is often supplemented by other massage modalities including acupressure, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage. Depending on where you choose to receive your sports massage, your therapist may use the following techniques:
Compression Massage: The therapist uses rhythmic compression into muscles to create a softening effect in the tissues. This is usually used to warm up the muscles for a deeper massage work.
Deep Swedish Massage: This includes muscle-focused applications of the standard tapotement, petrissage, effleurage, and vibration techniques.
Trigger Point Massage: Also known as tender point massage, this therapy focuses on releasing the small, tight knots (trigger points) that develop in muscles over time. If left untreated, these trigger points lead to painful and limited movement of entire body parts.
Cross-Fiber Massage: The therapist applies pressure in one direction only, after locating the site of injury. This gives the tissue time to heal and rearrange so your muscles can recover faster.
Lymphatic Massage: During the massage, your lymphatic drainage system will be stimulated, helping your body flush out waste and toxins more effectively.