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Interested in learning about what goes into a sports massage? This About.com video demonstrates what's involved in a sports massage, and what to expect after your treatment.See Transcript

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Transcript:What is a Sports Massage?

Hey, I'm Jasmine for About.com, and today we're at Salon Adair and I have Katie with me and we're going to show you how to do a sports massage. So Katie tell me about a sports massage.

What is a Sports Massage?

What a sports massage is, is a more focused massage. It's meant to alleviate pain and tension within the body. It's more focused. Usually a certain area is having stress. It's not just for athletes you know. We all get sore carrying the groceries, carrying the kids. So with that sports massage we are going to find that area of concern: neck, shoulders, a leg, calves, arms and we're going to focus on that area. We use types of massage to alleviate tightness, and smooth and just make things feel good and loosen that up. 

Some Soreness After is Possible

You're going to be releasing a lot of lactic acid. You're going to be releasing a lot of toxins in the body when you are working. So it's very normal to feel kind of tight that next day as that stuff works through your body. Now as a client you can speed up that process. The best thing to do is to soak afterward. Epsom salt soak is the best thing you can do to kind of help speed up that process.

Spa Etiquette

Show up early. Turn your cellphone off. You're here to relax, so don't worry about that. Take care of your therapist, they're going to bring you back, they're going to take care of you as well. We will be draping any areas and you are covered the whole time. We only uncover what we're working on, so don't worry about that.

Effleurage and Petrissage

There are a couple different kinds of strokes to soften that muscle and kind of get in there.  We'll use some effleurage and what effleurage is just those long strokes. Petrissage when we are actually doing some of those smaller, more circular movements, you know some pressure and then that way we can kind of release that muscle.

Thank you Katie again for being with us and thank you all for watching. If you want more information just check out About.com

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