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Mikal Myers, massage therapist
Mikal Myers, Massage Therapist
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Sports and Rehab

What is Sports and Rehab Massage?
There are a lot of labels out there in the 'Massage World', and each one identifies a certain training modality (method) that the therapist has been trained in. One of the great aspects of being a Massage Therapist is there are so many of these modalities to learn that if we continue our education it is always new and exciting. It allows the therapist to look at a condition in various ways and use different approaches. This causes a great deal of overlap in the various modalities, which sometimes blurs the definitions a bit.

Generally speaking, Sports Massage has two approaches; Light brisk 'rub downs' and stretches in pre and post events for a short period of time (usually no more than 20 minutes per session), because if the muscles get too relaxed from the deeper and longer work they will not respond as quickly as an athlete requires. The second is a combination of Swedish (light to moderate general pressure), Deep Tissue (more specific pressure using fingers, knuckles, and elbows on specific points, e.g., muscle attachments and "knots" ), and stretching. The deeper and longer work is done two days prior, or one day after the event.

Rehab takes into account what kind of injury exists, medical procedure (if any), and the kind of future activity to be done. The process could involve Swedish (the rub down), Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Craniosacral, stretching, or any combination of modalities.

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