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Sports massage is not really a specific technique, per se, as we use the some of the same strokes you would find in 'less therapeutic' styles of massage. So, what's the different then? The main thing is how and when we apply these techniques. First off, sports massage tends to be a bit deeper in pressure...but don't be put off, you as the client will be in full control. Secondly, with the addition of a few more advanced techniques (STR, active release, myofascial, etc..) sports massage tends to be a bit more dynamic in nature. The therapist will 'move you around a bit' and as the client you will be asked to participate in the session.
For the athlete, sports massage can be divided into categories:
For the non-athlete, or as I like to call ourselves, average individuals (even though some of you might be well above average :-)), all you need to know is that the same techniques used on the highest level of athlete work just as well on us as well!