Sports Massage in Salt Lake City

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Exhausted Runner - Sports Massage in Salt Lake CityCompetitive athletes, sports enthusiasts and workout warriors all push their bodies to the limits. Being able to perform at your maximum potential requires a fully recovered body and one not hindered by aches, pains and stiffness. That’s why sports massages are so important. An experienced sports massage therapist can identify and help alleviate the tightness in your body. By applying specialized techniques to restore mobility, reduce pain, you can regain peak performance.

Sports Massage is designed for the serious athlete. Sports massage focuses on the muscles used most extensively by the individual athlete and includes pre-event, post-event, and maintenance techniques. This massage helps reduce recovery time and risk of injury.

Can I Get a Sports Massage if i’m Not a Serious Athlete?

Sports massage is not just for those who work out in formal settings. People who enjoy walking, hiking or working in the garden experience discomfort that can be normalized through therapeutic massage. The certified therapists at Matrix Spa & Massage in downtown Salt Lake City have the skill and experience to provide you with the sports massage benefits you deserve.

Sports Massage Benefits:

  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
  • Decreased chance of injury
  • Decreased recovery time between workouts
  • Decreased muscle spasms

If you have a sports related injury, please tell your therapist so he or she can properly perform your sports massage.

When to Get A Sports Massage

The sports massage is designed to assist athletes endure the rigors of physical exertion and keep their bodies functioning at a high level. While you don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from these massages, sports enthusiasts, workout warriors and people you engage in physical fitness often rely on them. A sports massage can help prevent or heal injuries, strains and mitigate body aches.

Many athletes integrate sports massages right into their training routines. For example, Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps benefited from two sports massages per day. NFL stars also set a weekly schedule of massages that varies throughout the season. These top athletes find that regularly scheduled sports massages keep them competing at an elevated level. Your particular type of training and exercise should dictate when and how often you get massages. Consider these four types of when planning a regimen.

  • Pre-Exertion Massage: This short massage is generally done 15-45 minutes before a competition or sporting event to stimulate and relax primary areas.
  • Post-Competition Massage: Often performed 1-2 hours after extreme exertion, its strategic timing helps settle and normalize recently strained tissue.
  • Restorative Massage: These are often scheduled on a regular basis to help enhance training and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Rehabilitative Massage: Scheduled to alleviate pain and inflammation resulting from sports-related activities.

It’s important to consult with an experienced sports massage therapist to put together a plan that supports your athletic endeavors and health goals.

Sports Massage Techniques

Anytime you push your body, it will need time and help to recuperate. Stiff muscles and joints tend to linger and inhibit the next training session. The Matrix Spa & Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to alleviate discomfort and get you up and running again. These include:

  • Deep Tissue Trigger Point Pressure: When employing this technique, a certified therapist will apply pressure with the combined second and third fingers, knuckles or thumb. They press deeply for approximately 10 seconds into trigger points in muscles and around joints. This method may be repeated 2-3 times before moving on to another area.
  • Cross Fiber Strokes: This technique involves using the thumb to fan across tight muscles to help reduce soreness and release tension. The broad strokes are particularly effective on large muscles groups and scar tissue.
  • Compression Movement: Therapists use this technique to loosen up large muscle groups. It is done with open palm pressure and often follows deep tissue massage.
  • Jostling: The technique is very much like it sounds. A therapist will grip a muscle and shake it for approximately 10 seconds. It is designed to eliminate muscle cramps and stiffness.

Cupping Therapy

Michael Phelps earned a record 28 Olympic medals and more gold than any athlete in history. During his epic run, it came to light that he is a strong proponent of cupping therapy. That endorsement has piqued a great deal of interest in athletic circles.

The 5,000-year-old technique has emerged as a popular option for contemporary American athletes because it delivers many benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Improved blood flow
  • Opening lymphatic pathways
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Pain relief
  • Deep tissue release

Cupping Therapy involves the application of negative pressure and massage techniques with a suction cup. The device is positioned over a targeted area and the tissue is vacuumed up into it. Therapists can manipulate the level of suction to meet the stimulation needs of each individual client. Although a few marks were noticed during Phelps’ extraordinary 2016 games, bruising isn’t a factor when properly conducted. Cupping Therapy can be an excellent asset to integrate into a sports massage therapy program.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Massage in Salt Lake City

Sports massage is a form of bodywork created for athletes and those with an active lifestyle. It is used to drain away fatigue, prepare the body for peak performance and maintain it in optimal performance, promote flexibility, prevent injuries and help athletes recover from workouts and soft tissue injuries. Sports massage can be done pre-event, post-event and for maintenance during athletic events.
The frequency of getting a sports massage will depend on several factors. These include training intensity and volume, the presence of injury or chronic pain, among others. While some people will benefit greatly from a weekly massage, others will only get it occasionally when in pain. Getting a series of sports massages is one of the best ways to establish how often you need the massage.
Most sports massage therapists charge an hourly rate for this service. In 2019, the average cost of a regular sports massage ranges from $75 to $100 an hour. However, the price will vary by region, whether you want additional specials and if the therapist offers special intro rates.
Yes, indirectly. One of the benefits sports massages is that it can help your body achieve higher efficiency in terms of speed, strength, and performance. By decreasing pain, increasing circulation, increasing range of motion, relieving knots, minimizing stiffness and decreasing the negative after-effects of intense training, the massage allows you to train harder. This makes it possible for you to excel to levels you never thought possible.
Just as the name suggests, a pre-event sports massage is used prior to an activity to prepare the body for physical exertion and sporting activity. A pre-event sports massage can be done from up to 2 days to two hours before the event. The massage increase circulation of blood and nutrients to working muscles, helping to reduce the risk of injury. It also helps to stretch muscles, helps the individual to relax and focus on performance.
Yes. Sports massage has been found to drastically reduce recovery time as well as the negative after-effects of hard training. It also helps to reduce the swelling associated with soft tissue injuries and contributes to the formation of soft, pliable scar tissue. This form of massage locates and deactivates “trigger points” occasioned by the original trauma.
In most cases, runners knee is damaged tissue around the knee area. A light massage around the area can make a huge difference. Sports massage will promote blood flow to the knee area and help tight muscles and tendons loosen up.
With the numerous benefits of sports massage, there are times when it will help with a range of problems. While a visit to a sports massage therapist will see you enjoy some relief if you had tight or painful muscles, you should not expect permanent relief immediately. The good news is that an experienced sports massage therapist will assess your situation and help design a program that will help you overcome them in the shortest time possible.

Contact Matrix Spa & Massage Today: Experienced Sports Massage Therapists in SLC Utah

Whether you are an athlete or someone who suffers stiffness from physical exertion, the trained professionals at Matrix Spa & Massage can help create a sports massage plan that meets your individual needs.Call us today at 801-799-4999 for a consultation.

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Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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What Matrix Spa & Massage Customers Are Saying

John S
John S
00:29 06 Sep 21
Had a massage with Donna the other day. I learned a lot, mainly that I should do it mote often. Donna took me on an excellent journey to the land of Awesomesauce.
Seth Walsh
Seth Walsh
23:48 03 Sep 21
I just had the best massage I've ever had from Rachel K. She really helped fix a lot of the abuse I've done to my body through a heavily active lifestyle. Thank you!!
Donna May L.
Donna May L.
14:40 03 Sep 21
Amazing therapists. I love their hydro circuit. sauna has helped my pain in so many ways. If you're going to come here and get a massage definitely book a...
Bryant T
Bryant T
19:49 29 Aug 21
Kelly C.
Kelly C.
15:58 07 Aug 21
My first time visiting Matrix and I somehow booked the wrong service, but I'm not even mad about it! (I booked Thai massage online but when I got there,...
Jesus Moreno
Jesus Moreno
02:33 01 Aug 21
Mike Black
Mike Black
01:31 26 Jul 21
Excellent care and customer service. Donna May and Rachel were awesome! Highly recommend.
Emma vB
Emma vB
16:51 08 Jul 21
Had my first massage here yesterday and was super impressed overall. I booked in with Donna, she did a great job and really worked into my problem areas. She was professional and friendly. Have already booked in for a follow up session.
Sara Stevenson
Sara Stevenson
16:02 21 Jun 21
My husband and I have been going here for 7 years now. We have never once been disappointed. They have an amazing environment, fantastic prices and every therapist we have had has been stellar. 10/10 recommend every time! We had a massage yesterday with Donna May and Rachel K. They both were phenomenal and very professional. We love it here!!!
Livia gooden
Livia gooden
00:07 15 Jun 21
Richard is the Bomb.com...and I will be back for their great massage and service!
Whitney Stratton
Whitney Stratton
18:14 08 May 21
Ashley Berger
Ashley Berger
17:10 04 May 21
This was my first visit to Matrix. And I can't wait to go back! I've already scheduled my next massage.The pricing is excellent. You totally okay for their quality and expertise, without paying any markups I've seen at other places. What I received was worth every penny and more.Atmosphere is amazing. I felt welcomed and at ease. It was peaceful and serene. Everything was so nice and clean, and the Covid distancing was easy and encouraged. I got a couple's massage with my partner. The room was nice and big, and the tables were wider than I'm used to at other places.Both therapists were very professional. They listened to my wants and needs. Their instructions were simple and given in a friendly, adult manner. All the things I asked for were given in spades. This is the first time in my whole life a therapist actually respected my wish for soft pressure on my lower back and hips. I can't believe it still. All my covered areas were respected. Rolling over was easy and done with privacy.It feels GREAT. Best massage ever, no doubts. I left feeling so much more relaxed and loose than when I came in. I used to get 3-5 massages a year. But then Covid happened, so I haven't had a massage in over a year. The tightness and knots were no joke. But my therapist worked them out and loosened me up like it was nothing. Like I said, my request for different pressures in different places was honored.I couldn't have had a better experience, there's just no way. Five stars? 100 stars!
Rebecca Weber
Rebecca Weber
02:28 04 May 21
Manuel Medrano
Manuel Medrano
20:04 21 Apr 21
Great hands😍👌👌👌
Jake Darger
Jake Darger
01:37 11 Apr 21
Me and my girl got a ruby couples package and it was fantastic just what I needed.
Emily Poff
Emily Poff
17:24 28 Mar 21
I had the best massage ever from Richard. I have chronically tight muscles and he helped me so much. Highly recommend!!
Susie Greer
Susie Greer
01:55 16 Mar 21
Got the best massage I've had in a long time from Richard. He was really good at making me breath into the tight spots which allowed them to release. He was really knowledgeable and had my posture looking better than it has in ages! Highly recommend! Will be back next time I'm in town!
Vanessa Crump
Vanessa Crump
09:05 07 Mar 21
Donna May was amazing. I've had a ton of massage and I've never had something so good at such a good value in the US. If I lived in Salt Lake City, I'd go back to see her specifically.
Jennie Williams
Jennie Williams
23:50 03 Mar 21
myndee Hanberg
myndee Hanberg
01:53 21 Feb 21
My hubby and I came in for a couples massage but due to a mishap with the room we had to be separated. Other than that we really enjoyed the massages. I had Rachel and she was great. Very informative, friendly, and respectful. It was very clean and a calming atmosphere. Overall 5 stars.
Cezaryna Dzawala
Cezaryna Dzawala
16:45 20 Feb 21
Jacqui was very professional and knowledgeable.I felt like a newborn afterwards and I will definitely be back!
Christian Fierro
Christian Fierro
01:11 13 Feb 21
I had a delightful and safe experience here with my SO for a couples massage and hydrotherapy session. Donna May and Rachel were great therapists that asked questions and delivered as needed. The entire experience was so relaxing and I wish we could have stayed longer
Alyson Johnson
Alyson Johnson
23:24 06 Feb 21
Rachel did a prenatal massage and she was excellent. My husband booked it for on their website for $70 but the owner told me at checkout it was $80. I'm disappointed that she did that.
Rochelle Rice
Rochelle Rice
16:53 31 Jan 21
I booked 5 massages for my sisters and I. The staff worked to find a place in their schedule for us and made it such a nice experience. Personally for me, Richard was so phenomenal! He was very professional and talked as much as I wanted but most of the massage I just wanted to relax. He calmly cued me to breath to release the tension of the muscle he was working, giving gentle education. I received the perfect pressure that I requested, which I like a lot of pressure. I would definitely book here again!
Horge Condaliza
Horge Condaliza
01:15 29 Jan 21
Amazing experience. Purchased a Groupon, and wasn't disappointed. Jaqui is very good at what she does. It was only a half hour swedish, but what she did in that half hour was amazing! Plus the infarred sauna was dope. Haven't sweat that much in a long time.
Anny Spencer
Anny Spencer
16:29 25 Jan 21
This was a first time massage for both me and my spouse. We used the Ruby Package so we could enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit. Our therapists were Donna May and Jacqui and they were both amazing! I loved that they explained the whole process and really made us feel comfortable. We would definitely recommend!
Tanner Ori
Tanner Ori
02:54 08 Jan 21
Matrix Massage is my favorite in Salt Lake. The staff is friendly and the work is amazing! I recently went in for some nerve pain and as soon as i left I felt 100 times better! Definitely recommend and I will definitely be going back soon!
Kenzee Bird
Kenzee Bird
16:25 03 Jan 21
We had an amazing couples massage, the staff was very professional and friendly, and the building was clean and well-kept! Such a great experience, will be coming back for sure!
Jorge Valle
Jorge Valle
17:17 17 Mar 20
Alfonso Ayala
Alfonso Ayala
17:03 17 Mar 20
norma castillo
norma castillo
16:49 17 Mar 20
Michael LaCombe
Michael LaCombe
21:43 15 Mar 20
brody harris
brody harris
06:25 15 Mar 20
I happened to be in Slc area for the day and decided I needed a massage. I booked the 90 minute deep tissue massage and they got me booked in with less than a 45 minute notice to my surprise! There was nice calming music and the receptionist was very friendly. Jacque my therapist was very knowledgeable and professional in her work. She asked about the problematic areas and made sure to put some extra effort into them. That was the best massage I have ever received, you just can’t put a price on the pain relief I experienced I will most certainly be back!
Jeff Deitz
Jeff Deitz
16:32 27 Feb 20
My wife and I have been going to Matrix for several years now. Always a couples massage with reflexology. Great experience! Calm environment with a relaxing experience. My therapist this last even gave me some stretches I could do at home for my back.
Laurel Hill
Laurel Hill
16:53 25 Feb 20
I was so impressed with my massage, it was unexpected and exactly targeted what was hurting. I will be back.
Madeline Malmquist
Madeline Malmquist
17:07 24 Feb 20
I have been to a few places around town over the years and i find myself always coming back to Matrix. They offer a large variety of massage therapists to choose from.
Jane Edwards
Jane Edwards
04:12 22 Feb 20
I have known the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage for decades, long before her business was even a dream. I marvel at her success in growing a 5-star spa. From my first step through the door I am greeted by a welcoming, informative, happy-to-serve-you receptionist. The environment is peaceful, calming, inviting throughout my visit. I have had the privilege of many massages from owner Julieta Hernandez. She demonstrates brilliance in creating a business that develops exceptional therapists in a nourishing environment. Aches diminish. Massages never disappoint. Thank you for the comfort and relief. Unbeatable.
Bart Williams
Bart Williams
15:06 19 Feb 20
Great deep tissue massage the first time I went. I went a second time and it was even better! Went for a 3rd time and still great. Making progress with some tight back muscles.
Lynsee Murtaugh
Lynsee Murtaugh
03:36 13 Feb 20
One day I had a terrible massage on my anniversary and when I emailed the spa they took care of me with a make up massage. The second massage was with Troy and it was absolutely amazing. He listened to everything I asked of him and was one of the best massages I have had in a long time. Troy and Julieta (the owner) are the reasons I will be back!
Vaughn Call
Vaughn Call
18:23 12 Feb 20
We had a great experience - again. Our couples massage was awesome. Both therapist we very good and put our concerns first. They asked the right questions and gave great advice post massage!
Roger Graff
Roger Graff
20:59 05 Feb 20
It's a perfect time for "Winter" massage to get rid of stress,colds and be "warm" and relaxed for a good massage👍😊
Brynn P.
Brynn P.
11:09 13 Aug 18
This spa was amazing! A group of us went there this past Friday for a Bachelorette Party! This is the only spa in SLC that has any packages or deals for a...
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