Sports Massage PRO in Santa Barbara

Professional massage offers numerous benefits for athletes, supported by science and research. Here are some key reasons why it is advantageous:

1. Muscle Recovery and Repair

  • Reduction in Muscle Soreness: Studies have shown that massage can significantly reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that athletes who received massage therapy experienced less muscle soreness and recovered faster compared to those who didn’t.
  • Enhanced Muscle Repair: Massage improves blood circulation, which aids in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissues, facilitating quicker repair and growth.

2. Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion

  • Increased Flexibility: Regular massage helps in stretching tight muscles and connective tissues, improving overall flexibility. This can enhance athletic performance and reduce the risk of injuries.
  • Joint Range of Motion: By loosening stiff joints, massage can improve the range of motion, allowing athletes to move more freely and efficiently during their activities.

3. Reduction of Stress and Anxiety

  • Lowered Cortisol Levels: Massage has been shown to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels while increasing serotonin and dopamine, which can help manage stress and improve mood. This mental relaxation is crucial for athletes who face the pressures of competition.
  • Enhanced Mental Clarity: Reduced stress levels contribute to better focus and mental clarity, which can enhance athletic performance.

4. Injury Prevention and Management

  • Preventive Care: Regular massage helps identify potential problem areas before they develop into injuries. Therapists can detect muscle tightness or imbalances early, allowing athletes to address them proactively.
  • Injury Rehabilitation: For athletes recovering from injuries, massage therapy can help reduce scar tissue formation, improve flexibility, and promote quicker recovery.

5. Improved Blood Circulation

  • Enhanced Circulation: Massage promotes better blood flow, which is vital for muscle health and recovery. Improved circulation helps in the efficient removal of metabolic waste products like lactic acid, which can accumulate during intense physical activity.

6. Pain Management

  • Natural Pain Relief: Massage can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes dealing with chronic pain or recovering from intense training sessions.
  • Reduction in Muscle Tension: By alleviating muscle tension, massage can help manage pain associated with muscle tightness and overuse.

7. Enhanced Athletic Performance

  • Optimized Performance: By improving muscle function, flexibility, and mental well-being, massage can contribute to better overall athletic performance. Athletes may experience improved coordination, faster reaction times, and better endurance.

Research Evidence

  • A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation highlighted that massage therapy can significantly enhance muscle performance and recovery in athletes.
  • Another study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that massage therapy led to improvements in muscle fatigue and perceived exertion, indicating its efficacy in supporting athletic training and recovery .

Overall, the benefits of professional massage for athletes are well-documented, making it a valuable tool for enhancing performance, preventing injuries, and aiding recovery.


  1. “The Effects of Massage on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Muscle Performance.” Journal of Athletic Training.
  2. “Effect of Massage Therapy on Muscle Performance and Recovery: A Meta-analysis.” Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.
  3. “Massage Therapy in Sports Medicine: A Review.” British Journal of Sports Medicine.


Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder, back pain, neck injuries or pain, or sports injuries. People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage.

What is the difference between deep tissue and therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic Massage does not need to cause intolerable or excruciating pain to get results. Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. The pressure will generally be more intense than a relaxation massage.

What is a deep-tissue therapeutic massage?

Deep Tissue Massage. Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints

Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage Therapy

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, 67 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (41 percent) or stress (26 percent) related.

A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, low-back pain, and more. Find out how you can benefit from adding massage therapy to your health and wellness routine.

25 Reasons to Get a Massage

  1. Relieve stress
  2. Relieve postoperative pain
  3. Reduce anxiety
  4. Manage low-back pain
  5. Help fibromyalgia pain
  6. Reduce muscle tension
  7. Enhance exercise performance
  8. Relieve tension headaches
  9. Sleep better
  10. Ease symptoms of depression
  11. Improve cardiovascular health
  12. Reduce the pain of osteoarthritis
  13. Decrease stress in cancer patients
  14. Improve balance in older adults
  15. Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
  16. Temper effects of dementia
  17. Promote relaxation
  18. Lower blood pressure
  19. Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  20. Help chronic neck pain
  21. Lower joint replacement pain
  22. Increase range of motion
  23. Decrease migraine frequency
  24. Improve the quality of life in hospice care
  25. Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea

Does sports massage improve performance? Sports massage aims to improve exercise performance and muscle function. Therapeutic massage emphasizes stress relief and well-being. … Most athletes experience increased flexibility and range of motion, greater endurance, and reduced muscle pain after a massage. Are massages good for athletes?

Athletic Sports Performance Massage Therapy, Santa Barbara, Goleta
Athletic Sports Performance Massage Therapy, Santa Barbara, Goleta

Athletes may find an edge in these psychological benefits, making massage a double-duty treatment; a mind and body therapy. … Increases blood flow throughout the body, bringing vital oxygen and nutrients all over. Relieves muscle pain and tension. Improves connective tissue healing, which promotes muscle elasticity. What are the benefits of Sports Massage? Below are just a few of the benefits that massage can provide: Relaxation – massage helps the muscles relax through heat generated, circulation, and stretching. It may also lower high blood pressure. Flexibility – someone with tight muscles may have better flexibility following treatment. What is the difference between sports massage and deep tissue? A deep tissue massage is perfectly explained by its name. The pressure is adjusted to manipulate the deeper tissue layers in the body. … This is a job for a specially trained sports massage therapist. A sports massage is the manipulation of soft tissue (muscle) in order to prevent or improve sports injuries. Massage is beneficial to more than muscles

  • Reduces heart rate.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Reduces recovery time after an injury.
  • Rehabs an injury.
  • Lowers anxiety.
  • Improves mood.
  • Increases blood flow throughout the body, bringing vital oxygen and nutrients all over.
  • Relieves muscle pain and tension.

Massage Therapy for those Who Exercise

Position Statement

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that those who participate in exercise programs, as well as athletes in training, can benefit from massage therapy.

Athletic Sports Performance Massage Therapy, Santa Barbara, Goleta
Athletic Sports Performance Massage Therapy, Santa Barbara, Goleta

Background Information

Millions of people around the world play sports and exercise, from the elite professional athlete to the novice just starting a walking program for general health and wellness benefits.  Exercise is recommended for everyone. Although other government groups in the past have recommended exercise and fitness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first official U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines in October 2008, as the official guidelines of the U.S. government. The Guidelines indicate that some activity is better than none, and then go on to make several specific recommendations:

  1. Moderate amounts of physical activity provide substantial health benefits for all adults. This dose is defined as 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity activity such as walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity/per week such as jogging or vigorous sports.  Furthermore, this moderate dose can be obtained by mixing some days of moderate-intensity and some days of vigorous-intensity, with one minute of vigorous equaling two minutes of moderate intensity. For this combination, 150 minutes is the goal.
  2. Additional health benefits can be obtained by doing more than a moderate dose. This higher target is described as 300 minutes of moderate intensity, 150 minutes of vigorous intensity, or combining moderate and vigorous intensity.
  3. All adults should participate in 30 minutes of strength-building exercise on two days of the week. These exercises should engage all major muscle groups.
  4. Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  Most of this should be moderate to vigorous-intensity activity and should include vigorous activity at least three days/week. It also is recommended that children and adolescents participate in muscle-strengthening three days/week and bone-strengthening activities at least three days/week.1

Sports massage can be used to improve athletic performance and speed recovery and can be utilized by all individuals who participate in any athletic and/or exercise program to help improve conditioning and maintain peak performance. Many professional and collegiate athletic programs employ or contract with massage therapists, and sports massage has been sought for many years by athletes of differing backgrounds for multiple reasons.2 With the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines being very clear that activity is essential for people to be healthy, sports massage can be recommended to those individuals who participate in exercise programs as well as professional and collegiate athletes.


Freedom of Motion
Sports Massage can give you more Freedom of Motion

Research has shown that in relation to exercise and athletic participation massage can:*

  • Reduce muscle tension4
  • Help athletes monitor muscle tone
  • Promote relaxation
  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve soft tissue function
  • Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state
  • Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise.
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Be the most efficient intervention for maintaining maximal performance time in subsequent exercise tests when combined with active recovery from maximal exercise
  • Reduce serum creatine kinase post-exercise
  • Reduce swelling
  • Reduce breathing pattern disorders
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • It May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly

Individuals who participate in exercise and athletic programs who seek enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention, and assistance in maintaining peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy given by professional massage therapists working within their scope of practice.  

Athletic Sports Performance Massage Therapy, Santa Barbara, Goleta
Athletic Sports Performance Massage Therapy, Santa Barbara, Goleta

Therapeutic Swedish Massage, Sports Massage Therapy in Santa Barbara, Goleta
Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage Therapy in Santa Barbara, Goleta

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, or prescription of any kind. The decision to use, or not to use, any information is the sole responsibility of the reader. These statements are not expressions of legal opinion relative to the scope of practice, medical diagnosis, or medical advice, nor do they represent an endorsement of any product, company, or specific massage therapy technique, modality, or approach. All trademarks, registered trademarks, brand names, registered brand names, logos, and company logos referenced in this post are the property of their owners.