In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension.
Sports massage was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area that you present, usually associated with some sort of sports activity.