This type of massage is performed shortly before a sporting event or physical activity. It aims to stimulate the muscles, increase blood flow, and prepare the athlete for optimal performance. Pre-event massage is usually shorter in duration and involves brisk, invigorating strokes.
After a sports activity, a post-event massage is performed to help the body recover. It focuses on reducing muscle soreness, eliminating waste products (such as lactic acid), and promoting relaxation. Post-event massage typically involves slower, gentler strokes and may include stretching.
Maintenance or regular sports massage is done during training periods to prevent injuries and maintain the athlete’s physical condition. It targets specific muscle groups, helps identify and address imbalances, and supports overall muscle recovery.