Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage

Understanding the Differences Between Deep Tissue and Sports Massages


Deep tissue and sports massages are popular in the world of wellness, but their differences tend to generate confusion. To clear these doubts, we consulted Andreina, our expert partner. 

Therapist performing deep tissue massage on client's back to relieve muscle tension and pain.

Deep Tissue Massage: Slowing Down the Pace and Deepening the Pressure.

Deep tissue massage is known for its focus on the deeper layers of muscle tissue in the body. This type of massage is characterized by a slow rhythm and firm pressure. The main aim is to reach deeper layers of muscle tissue in order to relieve tension and alleviate the pain of ‘trigger points’. 

It is ideal for those who seek a complete relaxation from stress and tension in the body. 

Sports Massage: Fast Paces and Muscle Stimulation. 

When it comes to sports massages, the rhythm changes. This type of massage, the rhythm is faster and pressure may be less deep. When a faster paced rhythm is applied it aims to focus on activating blood circulation and breaking down the crystallized lactic acid buildup in the muscles. This helps speed up the process of methanol elimination and reduce muscle fatigue. 

This massage can be done before a competition, the main focus is to warm up and activate the muscles to their maximum potential. After competing, the intention is to relax the muscles and remove the crystallized lactic acid without applying deep pressure due to muscle fatigue. 

Deep tissue massage session to alleviate chronic muscle pain and improve mobility.

Both deep tissue and sports massage have their unique charm and benefits. If you need full relaxation and tension releases, choose deep tissue massage. If you are an athlete looking to recover and revitalize your muscles, sports massage is for you. Remember to always pay attention and choose the right massage according to your necessities and goals.