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Sports Massage

Sports massage is a therapy primarily used to increase endurance and performance in athletes. It is also ideal for people who have physically demanding lifestyles and/or hobbies, for example, adventurers, personal trainers, military persons, and more.

Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward athletes and those who exercise regularly. Massage therapy is used to help prevent injuries, prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and help athletes recover from workouts and sports injuries. Sports massage has three basic forms: pre-event massage, post-event massage, and maintenance massage.

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As a player, you might use it to warm up your muscles, improve blood flow, and promote flexibility. It may also help muscle strains by aiding in recovery from a sports injury. Individual athletes, sports groups, and clubs can benefit from Sports Massage therapy offered by our experts at Kaizen Health Group.

Pre-event Sports Massage

Generally, athletes get a pre-event massage four hours before the competition. The main purpose of the massage is to improve performance and help prevent injuries. Pre-event massage is given as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up. It helps increase circulation and reduce muscle soreness, muscle tension, and mental stress prior to competition.

The length of a pre-event Sports Massage is typically shorter than a regular conditioning massage, focusing on warming up the major muscles to be used and preparing the athlete mentally for competition. This type of massage also improves tissue pliability, readying the athlete for top performance.

Certain massage techniques can even calm a nervous athlete, and others can be stimulating. Pre-event Sports Massage is given before an event to improve performance and reduce injury.

Post-event Sports Massage

The focus of post-event Sports Massage is on recovery, rather than the competition itself. This type of massage is designed to reduce muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that can occur after vigorous exercise. By helping the muscles to recover quickly, this type of massage can improve an athlete’s performance in future competitions.

Athletes often have a post-competition massage to help their bodies recover. This type of massage is focused on helping the tissues normalize, repair, and relax. The length of the massage maybe 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.

Maintenance Sports Massage

Maintenance Sports Massage is performed at least once a week as a regular part of athletic training programs, although professional athletes who have their own massage therapists may have maintenance massage as a part of their daily lives. 

Not only does a maintenance massage increase the flow of blood and nutrients to the muscles, but it also helps keep the tissues loose. This allows different layers of muscle to slide easily over each other, reduces the development of scar tissue, and increases flexibility and range of motion. Maintenance massages are important for keeping your body healthy and pain-free.

Major Benefits of Sports Massage:

Sports Massage is an effective therapy that offers a range of benefits. They include:

biological hazard

Removal of toxins


Enhancing the performance

Reducing muscle tension and muscular pain

Increasing range of motion

Reducing muscle stiffness and soreness


Reducing recovery time post injury

stress management

Reduce physical and psychological stress levels

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Aiding in sleep quantity and quality

Techniques of Sports Massage:


Effleurage technique is a vital part of Sports Massage. Under this, our therapists spread oil all over your body and warm up the tissues. The technique is carried out in a smooth and rhythmical way, starting with a light touch to moving towards applying deeper pressure. Slow movements ensure increased circulation and stretching of tissues in the body.

Also, we take it slow to identify any abnormalities in the tissues that might need further attention. The technique helps to create a soothing and relaxing effect in the body and mind of the person and is a great therapy for athletes to have a peaceful time.


Petrissage, also known as Kneading, is a technique where our therapists compress and then release the soft tissues. Under this, we either apply direct pressure or squeeze the skin and the muscle. It helps to increase the mobility between tissue interfaces and stretches muscle fibers in the body. The pressure helps to increase the blood flow through the vessels. With this, waste products are removed from the body and muscles are relaxed.


Wringing is another technique used by our therapists often in Sports Massage. Under this, we lift the tissues away from the body and push them side to side using the movement of our hands. With this alternate squeezing and releasing action of our hands on the tissues, the blood circulation in the body increases and waste products are removed. It also brings oxygen and nutrients to the right area and improves the condition of the tissues. The technique also stretches muscle fibres to release tension and provides relaxation to your body.


Under the Hacking technique, we use the border of our palms to strike the tissues of the body in a light and brisk manner. This therapy helps to improve the blood circulation levels and stimulates the areas of hard tissue along with the muscle fibres

We repeat the process on the other side to offer you relief from shoulder pain or discomfort in muscles.

Trigger Pointing

Trigger point is a small area of irritability in your body which can be found within a muscle or fascia tissue. These points are sensitive to touch so they usually hurt. The technique includes deactivating the trigger points by applying pressure. It helps to relieve the pain and tightness in the muscles and enhances the physiological function of muscles.

Trigger points are developed in your body after a trauma or when there’s tension as it causes the tissues to change into a shortened position. To remove this pain, our massage specialists apply direct pressure to these trigger points and allow the fresh blood to release in the body.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Sports Massage?

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Pain from sports injuries
  • Acute pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Athletic injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Chronic pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Headaches
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Leg pain
  • Fibromyalgia

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Sports Massage at

Kaizen Health Group

At Kaizen Health Group, our massage therapists are experienced professionals in offering Sports Massage using the above techniques. If you are an athlete, then you are more likely to reap the benefits of this massage, but Sports Massage can be beneficial for everyone. We are here to help you get the best massage experience!

Best Sports Massage in Mississauga and the GTA for Athletes

At Kaizen, we respect and understand athletes. Mississauga and the GTA is the home of many high-performance athletes, as well as those who are trying to stay fit and healthy.

That’s why we offer the best sports massage in Mississauga and the GTA for athletes of all levels. Our team of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) have experience working with athletes from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Running
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • And more!

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, our RMTs will design a treatment plan specifically for you and your needs. We also offer pre-and post-event Sports Massage to help you prepare for competition and recover afterwards.

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A sports massage can feel painful, depending on the area being worked and the amount of pressure applied. However, most people find a good sports massage surprisingly comfortable and relaxing. At Kaizen, our massage therapist should always talk to you about any areas that may be uncomfortable so that they can adjust their technique accordingly.

It depends on your individual needs and goals. If you are an athlete looking to improve performance, regular sports massages can help maintain healthy muscle tissue and reduce the risk of injury. Generally, a weekly or biweekly massage is recommended for athletes.

Yes, you can still have a Sports Massage even if you do not play sports. Our massage therapist is trained to cater for the treatment and pressure of the massage according to your specific needs. It may include stretching, trigger pointing, deep tissue work and soft tissue manipulation, which are beneficial for those who don’t engage in physical activity or sports.

Sports massage can improve performance by increasing the range of motion, flexibility, and reducing the risk of injury. It can also reduce muscle tension and fatigue and improve circulation and blood flow to help with recovery after exercise. Furthermore, sports massage can provide mental benefits such as decreased stress and improved focus.

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