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What Is Sports Massage?

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What is a sports massage for?

Sports massage is a combination of Swedish massage, myofascial technique, and deep tissue work. For athletes, it is designed to provide targeted, specific attention to the areas that athletes need the most. The combination of these techniques helps to flush toxins, increase blood flow, and decrease muscle soreness. If you’re looking for the best sports massage in Portland, Oregon, you’ve come to the right place. 

Sports massage sessions are available for 60 or 90 minute at IMMERSE Modern Massage, giving you the choice to select the massage that fits your lifestyle. 

During these sessions, the massage therapist will ask you questions about your workouts, and use a combination of Swedish massage, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage to give you relief from the soreness and tightness caused by overachievers in the gym, sports, and other physically strenuous activities. 

Because sports massage is a great way to prevent injury and improve peak performance, and for that reason, it’s is also an excellent way to alleviate tension, stress, and also increase flexibility. This allows you to stay healthier and stronger before and after workouts. By targeting the specific areas of the body that you typically stress out the most due to your physical activity, sports massage helps you stay in the game longer, and achieve your fitness goals.

-Decrease the risk of injury.


Sports massage therapy not only helps you recover faster and perform better, it also helps to reduce the risk of injury. A regular massage therapy program will help to loosen tight muscles and reduce overall stress on the body. This can help to reduce the risk of strains, sprains, and tears that can occur when muscles are overworked.

 -Improve overall performance. 

Sports massage therapy will help you to improve your overall performance. Regular massage therapy will help you to increase your range of motion, improve your posture, and reduce fatigue. Massage therapy can also help to reduce muscle spasms and increase muscle endurance, which can help you to perform better and longer.

What is the difference between deep tissue massage and sports massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that focuses on deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is used to treat chronic aches like athletic overuse injuries like carpal tunnel and pain such as stiff neck, low back tightness, sore shoulders, and a number of other chronic ailments. Sports massage is a type of massage that focuses specifically on the needs of athletes. Sports massage sessions are designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery, as well as prevent injuries from occurring. Sports massage helps prevent injuries, reduce aches and pains associated with heavy workouts, and increase overall flexibility. It can also be used to help athletes recover from injuries if they have already occurred.

How long before an event should I get sports massage?

Sports massage is a great way to prepare your body for an upcoming athletic event because  helps to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and improve flexibility.


However, when it comes to getting a sports massage before an event, how long should you wait between getting the massage and doing your event? The timing of your massage depends on the type of event you are participating in.


For a shorter event like a 5K or 10K race, you might plan on getting a massage no more than 23 days before the event. This will give your body enough time to recover fom the massage, and better prepare you for the race.


You might also plan on getting  a massage the day after your  event to help reduce soreness and fatigue that you might feel from exercising so vigorously.


For a longer event like a marathon, you might plan on getting your massage at least 4 days before the race. This would allow your body to recover from the massage even more, as well as giving it enough time to prepare for the marathon without making your body too loosey goosey and risk injury.


You should also plan to get a massage after the marathon to help reduce the soreness and fatigue. No matter the type of event you are participating in, its important to get a sports massage at least a few days before the event.

What are the effects of sports massage?

Because sports massage is a form of bodywork that focuses on the treatment and prevention of injuries during athletic activity and post workout, it is used to improve flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve performance, and prevent injuries.

 The main effects of sports massage are:

1. Improved Flexibility: Sports massage helps loosen tight muscles, which can in turn work to improve flexibility and range of motion as mention above. It can also help athletes develop better technique and posture, which is helpful for injury prevention and treatment of postural deviations due to excessive athleticism.

2. Reduced Muscle Soreness: Sports massage can be helpful in reducing muscle soreness due to workouts by increasing circulation to the muscle tissue. It can also help to reduce inflammation, improve tissue oxidation and improve recovery time post-workout.

3. Improved Performance:

Sports massage has been proven to improve performance by reducing fatigue and improve concentration.

4. Improved Circulation: As mentioned above, Sports massage may also help  improve circulation by increasing blood flow to sore or overworked muscles. This can help to reduce muscle stiffness. 

5. Reduced Stress Levels: Sports massage can also help to reduce stress by releasing endorphins, and balancing cortisol. It can also help to reduce anxiety, depression, pre workout jitters and improve mental health related disorders. Sports massage is an effective way to improve performance, reduce injuries, and reduce stress. With regular sports massage, athletes can not only expect increased performance but also improved overall health, joy and wellbeing in their daily activities.

How do I know if I need a sports massage?

Overall, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort after strenuous physical activity or after workouts, it may be a good idea to consider a sports massage. Other signs that a sports massage may be beneficial include muscle tightness, soreness, swelling, or a decrease in range of motion due to restrictions in your body’s ability to move normally. Additionally, if you have an upcoming sporting event you want to prepare for it, a sports massage may help you improve flexibility, reduce any potential pain or soreness and also prevent injuries during your event.


Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, massage can improve your performance and help you stay in the game.

Best Sports Massage, Portland Oregon

If youre looking for the best sports massage in Portland, Oregon, then look no further than IMMERSE Modern Massage.


This massage studio offers the ultimate massage experience – a stress and pain relieving experience like no other.


Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in massage that can help with muscle tension, improve range of motion, reduce inflammation.


Each massage session is tailored to the individuals needs, which ensures the best possible outcome. The atmosphere at IMMERSE Modern Massage is inviting and calming, and our therapists take the time to get to know their clients and their needs to provide a top knotch exerience.


Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will provide you with the highest quality massage and ensure you get the best possible results.


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Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!

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