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What's the difference between sports and deep tissue massage?

Categories: Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage


We all love a good massage, but how do you know which one is right for you? Massages vary greatly in strength and technique, using a variety of methods that consist of physical stimulation of your muscles and your skin. So how can you tell the difference between the massages? In this blog I thought I would explain the difference between two of Adjust's most common massages, Sports massage and Deep Tissue massage.

Sports massage - not just for the sports person!  I think a better way of explaining this type of massage is a strong, area specific massage.  At Adjust massage, our therapists are extremely experienced in assessing your body. With this type of massage we aim to help prevent injuries by assessing you and focusing on small niggles and imbalances that could become bigger problems. We can help in the recovery from a current injury. Our sports massage clients range from 80-year-old arthritic clients to professional rowers, runners and rugby players; we can cater our massages to suit everyone.

Deep tissue massages are a firm massage that doesn't focus on a specific injury or one smaller are of the body.  A Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress and break down knots. Unlike a deep tissue massage you may have had at a spa, our therapist won't pass over a knot and ignore it.  We will spend time working on reducing the build up of toxins in the tissues, with an aim of increasing blood flow through the muscles.  A deep tissue massage can be requested to be a full body massage, or focused on lower limbs or upper body. The therapist will run through a short health questionnaire, but not as in depth as a sports massage. At the end of the massage you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

So, to sum up the above styles very quickly.

If you have an injury or specific area you want to look, at then I would recommend a sports massage.

If you want a firm, general massage then I would recommend a deep tissue massage.

I hope the information above helps you make your decision.  If you would like any more information or if you have a specific question please do not hesitate to call us.

If you know what type of massage you'd like you can book online. Alternatively, give us a call on 07903 303 554 or email us at to advise you further.

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