You could be forgiven for thinking that deep tissue massage and sports massage are pretty much identical. While there is some general overlap between these two massage types, they are in fact unique in different ways.

Deep tissue massage vs sports massage – the method

In order to understand the differences between these two massage types, you first need to know what each one involves. What is deep tissue massage then? Essentially, this is when firm pressure is applied to the body’s deeper tissues. When considering what is sports massage, this is also a type of deep tissue massage that uses many of the same strokes and movements, such as kneading and tapping. We also call it deep muscle recovery.

The key difference is that deep tissue massage tends to be given as part of a full body massage or focused on the upper or lower parts of the body, while a sports massage is usually more targeted, covering a much smaller area of the body. Although many of the techniques used are similar, there tends to be more stretching involved with sports massage and focus on the soft tissue. Sports massage therapists also generally have a greater knowledge of the human anatomy.

Deep tissue massage vs sports massage – the treatment goal

When deciding what massage is best for you, think about what you want to get out of it. The goals of a deep tissue massage differ from those of a sports massage.

Deep tissue massage focuses on reducing muscle tension and knots, accumulation of toxins and improving blood flow to muscles. Whereas a sports massage is geared towards preventing a specific injury or healing an existing injury, which may or may not have been caused by a sports-related incident. A sports massage may also be given to improve range of motion and imbalances, which could aid physical performance. While tense knots are also manipulated during a sports massage, these tend to be older and bigger compared to those manipulated during a deep tissue massage.

Deep tissue massage or sports massage – what’s best for you?

People who exercise a lot often think they need a sports massage. However, this isn’t necessarily correct. General muscle tension all over the body is best treated with a deep muscle recovery treatment. If you suffer from an injury in a specific part of your body, then you can benefit from the more targeted approach offered by sports massage therapy.

Deep tissue massage is beneficial for the majority of people. In particular, if you sit at a desk all day long and suffer from poor posture as well as pain and stiffness in the back and neck, a deep tissue massage can help tackle these multiple issues.

Because of the similarities, when considering a deep tissue massage vs sports massage, ultimately it’s wise to seek advice from a trained therapist to find out which is the right option for you.

Want to learn more about our deep muscle recovery and sports massages? Simply call concierge on 02071013534 or email concierge@uspaah.com. Ready to book? Download our app or book online at www.uspaah.com and save £10 on your first treatment with code NEW10.

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It’s all very fairy godmother like…our professional therapists and beauticians, aka Sparistas will come to you. Why not get yourself prepped for the summer by starting with your Easter getaway?

Getting your nails photo ready

Enjoy having beautifully prepped holiday nails without the fear of chipping, cracking and peeling. Gel manicures and pedicures are clearly a holiday game changer for those on-the-go during a city break, not wanting to waste even a minute, as well as for those beach babes just wanting to sit and relax in the sun. The glossy finish will stay on for weeks without dulling, so your nails will be picture perfect (ready for a good old ‘#smoasting’ post!) the entire time.

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Who’s got time to waste on applying and taking off eye makeup?! Every minute counts when you’re on that much-needed break. Enjoy a low-maintenance beauty routine by getting a set of waterproof eyelash extensions. Isn’t effortlessly glam and wide awake after a fab (late) night out the look we’re all going for? And there’s no need to worry about smeared mascara after a good swim ever again. After all, we all want to emerge from the water Ursula Andress style! 😉

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Tanned like you’ve already been there a week

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Another way to step up your pre-holiday beauty game is by getting a Spray Tan. Arrive at your destination with flawlessly bronzed skin and you’ll feel extra confident in your bikini. Remember that Spray Tan won’t protect you from the sun though, so don’t forget to keep your skin safe with a high SPF.

Spray Tan for £45.

Hitting the slopes

A pre-trip massage will help get you in prime condition, allowing you to take your skiing or snowboarding to the next level. And once you’re back from all the strenuous activity, you’re probably going to experience sore muscles.

A post-trip sports massage is recommended because not only will it help you to relax and improve blood circulation, it will help your body heal more quickly and problem areas can be identified before they develop into injuries.

Massages starting from £69, choose from 60 mins, 90 mins or 2 hours.


Want to make a group booking for you and a friend? Simply contact concierge@uspaah.com or call 020 7101 3534