Sports massage vs Swedish massage

Ensuring you chose the correct type of massage is essential so that you get the most out of your massage. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between a sports massage and a Swedish massage…

To determine whether you opt for a Sports or Swedish massage is easy. It simply comes down to identifying what your body needs right now and give it the therapy to nurture, repair and regain the body’s natural balance.

Which massage to choose

If you believe your body to be in some sort of ‘pain’ I would highly recommend booking in with me, for an Initial Sports and Remedial consultation/therapy session. I can then identify the root cause of any pain that is felt, and alleviate it by using a multitude of massage and myofascial tissue techniques. Following on from this, I would teach you about your body biomechanics, and how to correct poor posture so you remain pain-free for as long as possible.

If, however, you are someone who is sensitive to stress from the external environment, and you tend to feel rather imbalanced, a Swedish massage would be perfect for you. It would be an hour of pure pampering for you. This type of massage, using slow massage strokes and techniques, will encourage you to unwind, both mentally and physically. It really is the tonic to balance the body once again.

Swedish massage is better suited if it is being used to help with certain health issues, as opposed to a sports massage. Always ask yourself what type of massage do I need to best enhance my current health status. If you are into sports or an athlete needing to perform at your peak, then a sports and remedial massage would be better than a Swedish massage. Unless of course, the psychological strain of performing at the peak had become too much, then a Swedish massage would be the suitable option.

In summary

If you are seeking to improve your overall health, wellbeing and to reduce any work stresses then a Swedish massage would be the right choice for you. However, if you are an athlete, physically active on a regular basis, or you are not currently living pain-free, then a Sports massage is the obvious choice for you. The focus of this type of massage, as well as improving your overall wellbeing will be to work much deeper into the muscles alleviating any muscular soreness, tension or swelling that your body may be holding.

Put simply, you cannot go wrong either way – simply listen to what your body needs and make a choice based on this.

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