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Swedish VS Sports Massage

01/09/2017 Our massage techniques

I am often asked which is better, Swedish or Sports massage. Unfortunately, the answer is not so straightforward as it varies from person to person. There is no “superior” massage technique, each has their own benefits and advantages.

Swedish massage includes the application of long, slow and gentle massage strokes which can promote psychological and emotional well-being through stress reduction and relaxation. The application of Swedish massage can stimulate the release of the body’s natural endorphins which are known as our “feel good” hormones. Such endorphins are similar to those released after laughing, eating a bar of chocolate or drinking a glass of wine! Serotonin and dopamine are two main endorphins released during Swedish massage which can leave you feeling relaxed, calm, motivated, refreshed and positive. Typical candidates for a Swedish massage include individuals with high-stress levels due to occupational or social demands and also those suffering from depression, anxiety or other long term condition.

Sports massage is a deeper form of soft tissue mobilisation which includes the application of deep, rhythmic and fast massage strokes. Sports massage aims to relieve muscular tightness, reduce pain and improve muscular flexibility. During a sports massage, time can be devoted to working into a specific area of tightness by relieving active trigger points and reducing scar tissue by breaking up the adhesive cross-fibre connections within. Although usually advertised for sporting and physically active individuals, sports massage can be equally beneficial to occupational related muscular tension. Non-sporting individuals can experience an increase in muscular tension due to spending l

The Author

Louise Rigby

Louise is a happy, passionate and reliable member of the massage team. Louise graduated with a Sports Therapy Bsc (Hons) degree in 2015 from the University of Central Lancashire. During her degree Louise gained experience working with the Rochdale hornets rugby club and the Fijian Rugby league team. In addition to her degree she has gained VTCT Level 4 certificate in sports massage and has attained a Level 2 emergency aid and trauma management qualification. Louise is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists and regularly takes part in CPD within the clinic and at external events. Louise has knowledge and experience with the assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Louise thoroughly enjoys her role as a Sport Therapist and loves meeting new patients. Louise has always had a keen interest in sport which lead her to achieve 1st place in a national cheerleading competition! When not in work Louise loves to surround herself with friends and family and watch the odd Disney film!


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