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Sports Massage vs. Swedish Massage

Sports Massage vs. Swedish Massage

Often times we get asked the question, "what is the difference between Swedish massage and a sports massage?" They are both beneficial to help reduce pain and are equally relaxing. To get the most out of your massage, it's best to know which one would be best for you. So, what is the difference between a Swedish massage and sports massage? Let's break it down.

Swedish Massage

During a Swedish massage, your massage therapist will use soft, long strokes and incorporate effleurage. This massage is the most common and traditional massage. 

Sports Massage

During a sports massage, your massage therapist will incorporate different modalities, including gentle stretching or even trigger point therapy, specific to your sport. This type of massage is designed to help recover and increase your range of motion. It's commonly used by athletes, either before or after a workout.

Both Swedish massage and sports massage can both help:

  • Increase circulation
  • Improve range of motion
  • Decrease pain
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Relieve migraine pain
  • Relaxation

At Elements Massage, we offer both Swedish massage and sports massage. Each of our sessions is tailored to your needs and is personalized to you. To schedule your massage, visit this page.

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