Duration:
60-min, 90-min, or 120-min

Service Amount:
60 min – $95
90 min – $135
120 min – $190

 

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Competitive 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

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

 

 

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.

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

What is sports massage?
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.
How often should one get a sports massage?
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.
How much do sports massage cost
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.
Will sports massage really make me stronger or faster, or increase my performance?
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.
What is a pre-event sports massage?
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.
Will sports massage help my injury?
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.
Will a sports massage help runners knee?
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.
Will one single sport massage “fix” my problems?
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.

Service Hours

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Massage Add Ons

Matrix Spa & Massage Customer Reviews

My husband and I came to Matrix for the Emerald package and had a wonderful experience! Donna May gave me a life-changing massage and we certainly hope to return. The sauna/bath area very much reminded me of a Korean jjimjilbang and had plenty of refreshments, towels, and robes, as well as chlorophyll water. All of the staff was very friendly and skilled—Thank you so much for taking care of us today!!
Renee Spady
Renee Spady
01:20 02 Oct 23
I received a 90 minute prenatal massage by Jacqui at the recommendation of my sister and it was fantastic. I would return if I lived locally, but I was only in town for a visit. I will say this is not a day-spa experience (no robes, relaxation room, etc.), but the atmosphere was still very relaxing. Jacqui had a pad on the table for me to lay facedown and support my body weight off of my belly, that on its own was great! At one point I felt the need to adjust the way I was laying and she gave me a moment to be sure I was comfortable. It felt like she was very present during my massage, focusing on areas that were requiring extra attention and finding tightness I hadn't even noticed because I was so uncomfortable in other areas. I slept so well the nights following that massage and she definitely helped with my pregnancy pains.
Sarah Pipitone
Sarah Pipitone
14:11 28 Sep 23
Friendly staff and clean facilities, my massage was great, my body felt relax and rejuvenated. Will definitely be back.
Kevin Russel
Kevin Russel
20:17 18 Sep 23
Donna Mae was brilliant! Must see her, best massage I’ve ever had!
Julie Kromar
Julie Kromar
01:04 10 Sep 23
Edit: 09/02 better experience this time due to Rachel who was my therapist. Highly would recommend her services. As for the scheduling I went through the online booking again and actually got a response back within 10 minutes confirming my appointment. I spoke with julieta before my left and she listened intently and with care as I explained my frustration and validated me through the short conversation. I can say that I will continue to come here and getting great care from their massage therapist.Previous post:I have been coming to this spa for massages one and off for a few years now. I have always had a pretty good experience however today was not that case. I had set an online appointment before they opened which showed in their website and schedule to be available. I recieved confirmation that I would be texted to confirm, well 45 minutes after they opened I had still not gotten a confirmation so I went in at the time I scheduled which was 1015, I was told by the masseuse at the computer desk that my appointment was not confirmed, I then said you guys open at 9 it is now 10 a.m. why was I not updated with confirmation if my appointment was accepted or not. I was told we must have been busy. And basically that since it was not cinfirmed then I should have known. They offered to schedule me for 4 p.m tonight which does not work. I left and as I was walking out the door I then recieved the text saying my appointment request was not accepted. Each time I come I spend well over 120 dollars plus tip for one massage and I do it gladly, this lack of care from the staff or even acknowledgeing the frustration makes it to where I have to consider coming back again. In the end massages are good customer service not so, i would not recommend.
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson
01:12 03 Sep 23
Edit: 09/02 better experience this time due to Rachel who was my therapist. Highly would recommend her services. As for the scheduling I went through the...
E Brandon J.
E Brandon J.
18:16 02 Sep 23
I couldn’t be more pleased with this spa. Rachel, the massage therapist I had was incredible. I’ve only had a handful of massages in my life so I went in not feeling super comfortable and didn’t know exactly what to expect. But she explained everything and immediately put me at ease. I did the deep tissue massage, she was extremely intuitive and experienced, she pin pointed every problematic area without me having to say anything.I will be returning, five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
NATE THE WINDOW WASHER
NATE THE WINDOW WASHER
20:20 31 Aug 23
We come here often and have never been disappointed. They always treat us so well, and the energy there is very peaceful and welcoming. Thank you for providing the space for healing.
Jenifer Lyn
Jenifer Lyn
03:26 22 Aug 23
Great massage! And will be going back for another…. 4 stars because the room/building is old, has an old building smell, and needs a lot of repairs. I think the massage therapists are well trained! Professional and respectful. Like I said “great massage”
Greg Farnsworth
Greg Farnsworth
03:56 25 Jul 23
Yowza! I just had one of the best deep tissue massages I've ever had. Rachel was super personable and very expressive/willing to share her knowledge with me during my visit. I even got some stretching tips and I will be back just for her! The building was clean and I was super comfy the whole time. Very relaxing atmosphere, as well. My legs thank you!!
Sara Vermaas
Sara Vermaas
10:07 27 May 23
Richard H. is amazing - I’ve been going to him consistently for years now, and he’s officially the best. I love that his massages are very dynamic. He uses multiple methods to understand your body as opposed to just finding a spot and sticking to it. All staff are so professional and friendly, and each experience is so relaxing.
Taylor Christensen
Taylor Christensen
19:09 22 Apr 23
Our appts were on time, the therapists were knowledgeable & polite, & the facility was clean & tidy with a peaceful atmosphere.
Aaron Sutton
Aaron Sutton
14:09 26 Feb 23
This place was great!
Cristal Balcazar
Cristal Balcazar
20:12 21 Feb 23
First time going to a spa it's is one of the Best massage I've ever had! The staff is really friendly. Great service!
Jessica G.
Jessica G.
12:57 04 Feb 23
My husband took me here for my birthday and it was beyond amazing and so relaxing!
Meagan Graham
Meagan Graham
00:44 31 Jan 23
I have been coming to Matrix Spa & Massage for about 5 years now and can always get in quickly. I made an appointment yesterday because I woke up with an extremely sore neck from sleeping wrong which resulted in a massive migraine (that I often suffer from) and I left feeling clear headed and amazing! Frederick Salt provided one of the best massages I have ever received. He took the time to listen to my needs and put real attention and care into his practice. He has a ton of experience in massage therapy and I would recommend him to anyone needing a great massage that’s well worth the money.
Erika Pehrson
Erika Pehrson
17:45 19 Jan 23
This place is interesting and my therapist was definitely unique. He only massaged my upper body and told me to breathe into my collar bone and other instructions that I didn't quite know how to follow. My elbow was sore for a day or two after. I do think he was genuinely trying to help, but I would have liked more explanation of what was the rationale behind the movements and instructions. I also would have preferred to have received some work on the legs, but again 60 minutes sometimes isn't enough time I guess. Other members of group liked there experience more and described there massages very positively. The offer to return gratis by the owners in their comments below is a nice sentiment and a testament to how they care for their business. (Unfortunately I was visiting from out of town so cannot do so but again appreciate it)
Stephen Becker
Stephen Becker
11:47 25 Oct 22
Donna May rocked my world - the best massage I've gotten in salt lake so far and I've tried a few different spas at this point. The level of pressure, the intuition, the obvious mastery of her craft - cannot recommend her enough. She is a neck wizard.
Natalia Baykova
Natalia Baykova
13:41 26 Sep 22
Best Massage I have ever had. Donna May provided a relaxing and therapeutic massage. She always had the perfect amount of pressure and seemed to tailor the massage just to me. I will book with Donna May as often as I can. She is also such a kind person.
Kendrick Woolstenhulme
Kendrick Woolstenhulme
00:34 26 Sep 22
Well worth it!My wife and I were needing time to unwind and relax, I bought the Emerald Package, it was well worth the money! The amount of time and detail the staff took us was amazing. We left feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the world again. We are going to be coming back. The spa downstairs was amazing, what a way to finish off the night after a massage. Thank you for making our night!
C C
C C
15:57 22 Jul 22
There are so many good things to say about this place. The biggest shout out to Donna May who gave me the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever had in my life. Repeat: the BEST deep tissue massage I’ve ever had IN MY LIFE. The price was $95 for an hour.Other pros: they got me in on a Sunday.The facility is very clean.They have optional spa upgrades (see photos).Cons: They have this required form where you have to fill out medical information. I don’t like providing my medical information and it wasn’t necessary for this type of appointment.The booking process could be simpler but it’s not a make or break.Overall, I had a nice time and look forward to booking with Donna May in the future.
Quaceé Dorby
Quaceé Dorby
08:20 19 Jul 22
Donna, Jackie and Juiletta were amazing!!! Loved all of it worth every penny!!!!
Nique Mower
Nique Mower
23:31 16 Jul 22
Able to get appointments quickly, wonderful massages and the whole hydrotherapy downstairs was amazing
Christina R.
Christina R.
20:34 03 Jul 22
My mom and I did the mother and daughter package and overall it was a really awesome experience! The place was under construction but they were able to accommodate our needs, the only downside is I never even knew our massage therapists names and I am kinda bummed about not being able to utilize the hot tub or sauna but I guess that means I’ll just have to come back another time! (:
Kamerra H
Kamerra H
15:48 23 May 22
I had the best deep tissue massage of my life there, Richard is the best therapist! I highly recommend him for sore muscles and back problems.
Viktoriya Semeykina
Viktoriya Semeykina
03:08 30 Apr 22
I love this place, I recommend this place to everyone
masterartist04
masterartist04
00:14 29 Apr 22
Excellent massage for myself and my husband. It was my first massage and it was a pleasant experience
S Havens
S Havens
20:58 24 Apr 22
Richard gave an amazing massage!
Mandy Britt
Mandy Britt
03:15 02 Apr 22
Here at Matrix massage, Rachel was extremely skilled and attentive to my lower back issues. Fantastic massage, just the right pressure and incredible...
Richard S.
Richard S.
14:55 14 Feb 22
I have been here 3 times now and have done packages and massages. Always a good experience.
Emma Slikker
Emma Slikker
14:22 01 Feb 22
A little pricey, but always a great job. Definitely worth it.
Janet Cook
Janet Cook
16:52 09 Nov 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...
Donna May L.
Donna May L.
14:40 03 Sep 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,...
Kelly C.
Kelly C.
15:58 07 Aug 21
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...
Brynn P.
Brynn P.
11:09 13 Aug 18