In an unexpected twist, the Lakers came back last night to tie up the series. After such an intense game, there’s no doubt that their muscles are screaming for some TLC. It’s very important, especially for athletes, to release the tension in the muscles and a sports massage provides just the right touch. It’s as essential as a good stretch and a warm-up.

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We rounded up a 31 great options for sport massages for anyone with an active lifestyle.

Spa 23 in New York, NY
Sports Therapy
This highly therapeutic full body massage utilizes swedish massage techniques with deeper and more direct pressure, conentrating on specific muscle groups and incorporating active stretching.

Chill Spa at Hype Gym in New York, NY
Sports or Deep Tissue

Spa H at Club H Fitness in New York, NY
Hallucination Deep Tissue Massage
Reduce soreness, loosen muscle tightness and increase circulation. Deep tissue work will release toxins, break up adhesions and restore balance to body and nervous system.30 min.

Rosaline’s Skin Care & Spa in Brookline, MA
Pamper Your Legs and Feet for 45 Minutes (add anti-aging hand treatment for extra.)
This treatment benefits tired dry feet and poor circulation. Feet is soaked in crystal mud for 10 mins. Warm towels infused with pepper- mint are wrapped around both legs, followed by an invigorating foot massage using shea butter and lavender to reduce congestion.

Lux Spa and Fitness in Philadelphia, PA
Arnica & Rosemary Muscle Melt
Experience a journey of pure body & mind with rosemary essential oil known for its ability to warm & stimulate tired muscles & arnica which helps to reduce soreness, swelling, & bruising. It will definately leave you melting.

Bliss Nail Spa in Houston, TX
Thai Neck/Shoulder/Back Massage
Thai Massage is also called Thai Yoga Massage, is more relaxing and energizing than classic forms of massage. Using hands, knees, legs, and feet to move the body into a series of yoga-like stretches, while applying muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure.

Elixir Mind Body Massage in Denver, CO
Four Hand Massage
Why settle for two hands when you can have four? Just imagine two massage therapists working on your body at the same time for 60 minutes. One therapist massages your upper body while the second works on your lower body. Halfway through the session, the therapists switch places so you receive a full body massage from both.

T Carlton’s Spalon in Long Island, NY
Hydroculator Moist Heat Massage
Moist heat is applied to the areas in need. This helps to warm the muscles so that the therapist can work deeper into the muscles and provide intense relaxation. 60-minute treatment.

Sports Massage
Deep Swedish massage combined with passive and active stretching along with strengthening exercises to prepare the athelet for any event. *Great massage for golfers.

Spavana Day Spa & Laser Center in Brooklyn, NY
Full Throttle
Advanced therapy using increased pressure to extend the massage deep into the muscles easing aches and pains. Great for athletes and workout fanatics.

Hela Spa and Ted Gibson Salon in Chevy Chase, MD
The Kebnekaise (sports massage)
Deep pressure, compression and range of motion techniques help sooth the muscles of athletes

Habitude  in Seattle, WA
Sport Manicure
Nails filed and shaped. A relaxing hand and arm massage with buffing if desired.

Sport Pedicure
Start off with a soothing warm foot bath. Nails clipped and shaped with extra attention to the cuticle and any calloused areas. An exfoliating body polish is applied then followed by a relaxing foot and calf massage.

D. Tour Spa at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI
Sports Thai Massage
Therapeutic massage incorporating compression and stretching tequniques originating from Eastern traditions.

D. Sport Massage for Him
Deep, penetrating massage designed to lubricate and release the joints with a rare, supercritical CO2 extract of Mountain Arnica blended with organic herbal oils to further promote blood flow into muscles and joints, easing discomfort and supporting repair.

Beach Massage & Day Spa in Los Angeles. CA
Beach Sports Massage
This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.

Cariño Massage in Los Angeles, CA
Cariño Firme Sports Massage
The “Carino” style combines fluid, circular strokes using the palms, fingers and knuckles, with focused integrated breathing (much like that of yoga-style breathing techniques). Muscles are stimulated from multiple directions and pressures, while the therapist maintains contact with the body throughout the entire treatment period. The therapist uses the same sequences for each client (providing a consistent experience for every massage), but also modifies the experience based on each client’s needs.

MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage in Los Angeles, CA
Therapeutic Massage
Using a combination of massage, stretching and exercise techniques

ZEN Sanctuary Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Massage & Skincare in San Diego, CA
ZEN Warrior Therapy
East truly meets West in this combination of Western Medical Massage and Ancient Asian healing customized for each client’s specific needs. NMT, Sports, Deep Tissue, Passive Joint Movement and PNF Stretching all hail from modern Western medicine. For thousands of years, Shiatsu, Thai and Tui Na have been used to specifically address chronic pain cause by sports or other injuries.

Arista Spas in Atlanta GA
Fitvibe

A whole body vibration training machine that burns calories, engages muscles, and helps to increase your metabolism. Regardless of age or gender, whole body vibration training workouts will help users develop muscle, build bone density and in turn lose weight.

Slimdome™
Far infrared saunas have been proven to assist in weight loss, pain management, skin purification, detoxification, and stress reduction. The Slimdome™ provides relief to patients suffering from Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and certain skin conditions; and surrounds the body and penetrates deeply into joints, muscles and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation.

Neva Massage Center in St. Louis Park, MN
Sports Massage / Deep Tissue
With many of the same techniques as Swedish Massage, the massage therapist increases the pressure and focuses attention on knots known as adhesions.  A Deep Tissue Massage will be more intense and less comfortable than a Swedish Massage, though pressure is always adjusted according to the customer’s needs. Sports massage can be used to either ready the muscles for strenuous activity or to assist the body in recovering from the after effects of such an activity. At Neva Massage we also incorporate Trigger Point Therapy or Neuromuscular Therapy applies concentrated finger pressure to trigger points which are painful, irritated areas in muscles, to break the cycle of spasm and pain.

Synergy Spa in Raleigh, NC
Arnica and Rosemary Muscle Melt
Experience a journey of pure body and mind relaxation. This Swedish/deep tissue combination massage features Rosemary essential oil known for its ability to warm and stimulate tired aching muscles and Arnica which helps to reduce soreness, swelling and bruising. The combination of these two oils truly enhances the massage therapist ability to elevate stress from tight, sore muscles and will definitely leave you melting.

Woodhouse in Franklin, TN
Rainfall Refresher
This invigorating, refreshing treatment is the perfect prelude to any massage. The experience begins with a dry brushing to exfoliate and detoxify the body. Next, essential oils are rhythmically placed on the pulse points of the body. The experience culminates under the cascading waters of the Vichy shower. Truly a restorative and renewing treatment.

Hiatus Spa + Retreat in Dallas, TX
Hiatus Massage (with Therapeutic Sports Massage Add-on)
Hiatus® Massage

A 50-minute customized massage with the Aveda aroma of your choice. This treatment incorporates Swedish massage techniques to relax muscles, improve circulation, increase range of motion and stimulate the skin and nervous system. Restores balance and reduces tension while creating a sense of relaxed well-being.
Therapeutic Sports Massage Add-on
Is your daily gym visit taking a toll on your body? Focus on specific muscle groups used in sports or work-related activity. Stretching and releasing techniques are used to target specific muscle groups used in sports or work-related activity. Aveda’s Active Composition® soothes tired, sore muscles.

The Woodhouse Day Spa in Plano, TX
Deep Tissue Massage
This therapeutic massage technique uses strategic strokes to increase circulation and release muscle tension. Your therapist will address areas of concern using a combination of trigger point therapy, stretching, myofacial release, sports massage or a variety of other modalities to relieve tension caused by strain, stress and inflammation.

The Spa at ARIA in Las Vegas, NV
Thai Yoga Massage
Using a combination of traditional Thai Massage and Yoga poses, Thai Yoga uses stretching, muscle compression, acupressure, and joint mobilization to create a deep sense of balance, increased energy and flexibility. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Vdara Health & Beauty in Las Vegas,  NV
Arnica Muscle Repair Massage – Naturopathica
Anti-inflammatory treatment to ease muscle pain & joint stiffness. Arnica, a well-known anti-inflammatory remedy used by herbalists, is combined with camphorous oils of basil, rosemary and bay laurel to stimulate circulation and ease muscle soreness. Session includes a relaxing scalp massage while wrapped in cool linens.

ReJouvence Skin & Body Rejuvenation Center in San Francisco, CA
Sonya Dakar Signature Fitness Facial
This high-performance, results-oriented treatment combines botanical and aromatherapy based Sonya Dakar products with an interval lymphatic-deep tissue massage . Each facial is meticulously customized to your skin’s needs-be it quenching your skin’s thirst, clearing unflattering breakouts, or repairing sun damage and fine lines. See & feel an immediate difference in texture, clarity, and smoothness.

The Spa at the Sports Club LA in San Francisco, CA
Purifying Back Treatment
A treatment specifically designed to remove impurities that accumulate on the back and shoulder areas as a result of high intensity workouts.

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  1. Spa Glossary: Sports Massage Wins | Spa Week Daily

    […] Giving treatments a sports twist makes it cool for guys who want to try out a spa experience. A sports massage is basically the same thing as a deep tissue massage, but spas wised up a long time ago when they realized that tying in a sports theme was a great way to get guys through the door. It must have worked because according to the ISPA 2010 U.S. Spa Industry Study a sports massage is the most offered type of massage in the U.S. with 97 percent of spas offering it on their treatment menus. It even beat out Swedish massage, the most basic type of massage. Check out 31 of America’s best sports massages. […]

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