Deep Tissue Massage is similar to Swedish Massage, but the firmer, more direct and deeper pressure of this technique is specifically designed to alleviate chronic muscle tension and/or pain. During deep tissue massage treatments, the focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia. However, it is important to note that this form of massage also promotes a relaxation response. Studies have shown that for most people, a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage treatment often results in lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduced stress hormone levels, and improved emotional well-being, due to the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Sports Massage is geared toward athletes at every level, from world-class professionals to weekend warriors. The particulars of a sports massage treatment are dictated by the athlete's sport of choice and their unique needs, with the areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements receiving the most attention. This form of massage promotes flexibility, reduced fatigue, improved endurance, injury prevention and also prepares the body and mind for optimal performance.
Sports Massage is often used to: enhance pre-event preparation by stimulating the circulatory system; calm nervous tension; and warm the soft tissues of the body to allow for peak performance, while decreasing the chance of injury. Post-event (or during training) sports massage has been found to reduce recovery time.