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