Understanding the Differences Between Sports Massages and Swedish Massages

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Massage Therapy, Sports Massage



When it comes to getting a massage, there are a number of different options available depending upon the person’s lifestyle and preferences. Two of the more popular options are sports massages and Swedish massages. Each massage uses different techniques to help people relax and physically recover. Understanding what makes each option unique and the circumstances that might make one preferable over another can help people make the choice that is right for them.

How are the massages performed?

Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage will use five main strokes: kneading, rolling, percussion, tapping and vibrating. These techniques will all flow towards the heart to stimulate circulation while also working to cleanse the muscles of toxins.

Sports Massage

The sports massage is typically used for people who enjoy keeping themselves physically fit and participating in athletics. This massage type will also involve kneading and rolling the tissues, but tends to use more pressure, which is intended to reduce muscle soreness. The massage can also be geared towards particular parts of the body, depending upon the activities the person participates in.

When should each type of massage be used?

Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage is often perfect for relieving tension and stress. It also helps to improve circulation and reduce pain and stiffness in the joints. This massage will be used to keep ligaments and tendons relaxed and soothing the nerves. It increases oxygen to the heart without having to increase the heart load. People tend to leave the massage chair feeling reinvigorated and relaxed at the same time. It is perfect for people who find themselves feeling stressed after sitting at a desk all day and feel tensions in their backs and neck and is often recommended as a part of many stress management programs.

Sports Massage

Sports massages are often used to prepare the body for athletic performance as well as to help the body to recover. The massage helps the body to rid itself of fatigue, relieve any swelling that might occur, reduce muscle tension, and improve flexibility. These traits work together to help the body avoid injuries. Athletes will use the massage to help them perform their absolute best while also reducing or avoiding injuries that could hinder their athletic achievements. Sports massages reduce heart rate and blood pressure while also improving blood circulation and relieving pain. Following athletic performances, these massages will reduce recovery time as well.

Those who suffer from sports related injuries, such as tendonitis or sprains, may also find the sports massage to be the perfect way to help them heal. The massage provides comfort while also helping the body to recover faster.

Salt Lake City Sports Massage and Swedish Massage

Massages can be used by people to improve their health and their overall wellbeing. There are a number of different types of massages depending upon the person’s health needs and lifestyle. Both sports massages and Swedish massages can help the body to relax and rejuvenate, but they are used in slightly different scenarios. Matrix Spa & Massage therapists can determine which massage would work best for your particular situation to get the most from a massage, call us today at 801-799-4999 to book your appointment.


Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

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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