Sports

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.

Matrix Spa & Massage Customer Reviews

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!
Christopher Canto
Christopher Canto
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
I want to say thank my Matrix Team family is running the business and thank you to all our customers that trust our services !!
Julieta Hernandez
Julieta Hernandez
19:46 29 Jun 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 delicious sanctuary. I felt the worries of the week being worked out of my body. Richard was my “ Sensei” masseuse educating me on muscle connections and guidance on how to release tension. This is now my spiritual hideaway once a month.
Dolores Medina
Dolores Medina
19:38 12 Dec 21
A little pricey, but always a great job. Definitely worth it.
Janet Cook
Janet Cook
16:52 09 Nov 21
FrIendly staff, great massage
Mouse kowitts
Mouse kowitts
03:40 04 Oct 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.
John S
John S
00:29 06 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!!
Seth Walsh
Seth Walsh
23:48 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...
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
Excellent care and customer service. Donna May and Rachel were awesome! Highly recommend.
Mike Black
Mike Black
01:31 26 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.
Emma vB
Emma vB
16:51 08 Jul 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!!!
Sara Stevenson
Sara Stevenson
16:02 21 Jun 21
Richard is the Bomb.com...and I will be back for their great massage and service!
Livia Gooden
Livia Gooden
00:07 15 Jun 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!
Ashley Berger
Ashley Berger
17:10 04 May 21
Great hands😍👌👌👌
Manuel Medrano
Manuel Medrano
20:04 21 Apr 21
Me and my girl got a ruby couples package and it was fantastic just what I needed.
Jake Darger
Jake Darger
01:37 11 Apr 21
I had the best massage ever from Richard. I have chronically tight muscles and he helped me so much. Highly recommend!!
Emily Poff
Emily Poff
17:24 28 Mar 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