Massage and Sports Massage

What is Massage

Massage therapy is used to help manage a health condition or enhance wellness. It involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout human history, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain.

Todays relaxation or spa massages are an adaptation of the original chinese massage which was adapted to Swedish Massage back in the early 1800s, the Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling developed the Swedish Gymnastic Movement System. This system incorporated massage with medical gymnastics and physiology.

What is Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a term normally associated with massage of sports people with sports related injuries, but, lots of non-sports people enjoy or prefer a sports massage as this is usually a deeper massage technique.

This treatment technique is a much deeper massage and is used to treat the more underlying muscle structures than a general relaxation or Spa massage.

The modern history of sports massage started at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Paavo Nurmi from Finland brought a personal massage therapist to the running competition and won 5 gold medals. Nurmi claimed that his training program included this special massage treatment.

Circa1900 Finnish School of Massage, originating from Swedish Massage system, develops first system of sports massage.