Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder. People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage.
Therapeutic massage is a massage that is offered with the goal of obtaining a therapeutic benefit. It differs from a relaxation massage, performed to help someone relax. While therapeutic massage can be relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of sessions is not relaxation. Therapists trained in therapeutic usually have more training than a general massage therapist.
Massage is a manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, stress, and depression.
However, when posing the question, “What is massage?” it is common to hear the following replies: “Massage is such a luxury.” “Ah, massage, it is so relaxing.” “Massage is something I treat myself to on special occasions.” While all of these statements capture the idea of massage as a way to relax and to treat ourselves, none come close to touching on the essence of massage and its therapeutic benefits to body, mind, and spirit.
Sports Massage – Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. It’s more vigorous than a Swedish Massage.
The purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those bothersome injuries that so often get in the way of performance and your athletic goals, whether one is an athlete, or a once a week jogger.
What are the Benefits of a Fitness Massage?
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
Flush out the lactic acid in your legs and body.
Ease of medication dependence.
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
Help athletes of any level prepare for and recover from, strenuous workouts or hikes.
Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin