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Sports Massage is a misnomer in origin as you cannot massage a sport, only the individual who plays sport. However, since the founder of ISRM Mel Cash began in massage during the 1970s, he explained that whilst writing his first book the editor pushed for a title and "Sports Massage" was adopted.
Evidence in text dates back 4000 years to massage therapy. However, today the direction the profession is taking is Soft Tissue Therapy as the main focus, which covers a multitude of disciplines under the auspice of massage. These include Soft Tissue Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, which employ a series of techniques such as Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques and Soft Tissue Release to name a few. All of these techniques can be applied when necessary to improve the wellbeing of the client.
Remedial means that we work by manipulating soft tissue to manage and rehabilitate the muscle, the tendons, the ligaments, the skin and the fascia to promote healing and reduce pain. Sports Massage focuses more toward Deep Tissue techniques. You will often find it detailed as a therapy.
Your soft tissues have an optimum working level and everyone is different. The aim of sports and soft tissue massage is to give the best mobility available to you, to aid recovery of your soft tissue following injury and to help advise and prevent a further occurrence where possible.
Soft Tissue Massage has many benefits in addition to managing injuries and rehabilitating soft tissue, they include: