The purpose of the massage is 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.
Sports massage is a particular branch of massage that focuses on relieving skeleto-muscular tension and returning the muscles to a loose, relaxed state.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Soft tissue massage is also an integral part of the majority of body massages, including sports massage, so you might experience a slight pressure if your injury is relatively new.
Shiatsu is becoming more and more popular as many people are starting to realize the healing powers of shiatsu.