Sports Massage is a specialized and often eclectic form of Swedish massage that focuses on enhancing athletic performance and facilitating post-event recovery. It benefits the professional or amateur athlete, dancer, or exercise enthusiast. Practitioners of sports massage concentrate on working the whole body, and they also pay particular attention to those muscle groups that are involved in a specific sport or activity. The four basic strokes used by a sports massage therapist are direct or trigger point pressure, cross fiber friction, compression, and percussion.
In addition to the benefits derived from the general massage therapy treatment, sports massage keeps the whole body in optimum physical condition. It can elevate athletic performance and boost endurance, and it can prevent injuries by increasing flexibility and elasticity in the joints. Sports massage also promotes faster recovery to injured tissues, reduces pain, and minimizes muscle fatigue.