Phila Massages

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a specialized form of massage therapy that is designed to enhance athletic performance, promote recovery from physical activity, and prevent or treat sports-related injuries. It is commonly used by athletes, both professional and recreational, to optimize their training and improve their overall physical well-being, but anyone who is active or is seeking targeted massage therapy can benefit from sports massage as well.

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Sports Massage Techniques

Sports massage techniques are typically more vigorous and intense compared to other forms of massage. The primary focus is on manipulating soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, alleviate pain, and enhance flexibility and range of motion. The massage therapist applies various techniques including deep tissue massage, stretching, compression, friction, and joint mobilization to target specific areas of the body based on the athlete’s needs and goals.

The main objectives of sports massage include:

Pre-event preparation

Sports massage can be performed before an athletic event or training session to prepare the body for optimal performance. It aims to warm up and loosen muscles, increase blood flow, and stimulate the nervous system to enhance the athlete’s readiness and prevent injuries.

Performance enhancement

Sports massage techniques can enhance an athlete’s performance by improving muscle flexibility, reducing muscle stiffness, and increasing joint mobility. This can lead to improved athletic technique, better movement efficiency, and increased power and endurance.

Post-event recovery

After intense physical activity, sports massage helps to facilitate recovery by reducing muscle soreness and fatigue. It promotes the removal of metabolic waste products like lactic acid, which can accumulate during exercise, and encourages the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles for faster healing and tissue repair.

Injury prevention and rehabilitation

Sports massage plays a crucial role in preventing injuries by identifying and addressing areas of muscle imbalance, tension, or weakness. It can also aid in the rehabilitation process by promoting the healing of injured tissues, restoring range of motion, and reducing scar tissue formation.

Sports Massage


A focused session with a therapist targeting a specific area of the body or muscle group. This appointment will have you in and out of the office in 30-minutes. Only available to returning clients with an active membership.   

Our most popular service, inclusive of everything needed for maintaining peak performance and preventing injury. This appointment will have you in and out of the office in 60 minutes.

Our extended therapy session, aimed for longer and more detailed work. A great option for those recovering from an injury, event, or competition. This appointment will have you in and out of the office in 90 minutes.

Highly Skilled Professionals

Our sports massage therapists are highly skilled professionals who possess in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and sports-related injuries through experience and current research. They assess the athlete’s specific needs and goals and tailor the massage techniques accordingly. As such, each sports massage session will be fully individualized to the athlete and to that specific session. It is essential to communicate openly with your therapist about any pre-existing conditions, injuries, or discomfort to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
Overall, sports massage is a valuable therapeutic modality that supports athletes in their training and performance endeavors. It promotes physical well-being, aids in injury prevention and recovery, and helps athletes achieve their optimal potential in their respective sports.