What is the Difference Between a Sports Massage and a Regular Massage?

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Many clients over the years ask what the difference is between a sports massage and a regular massage?  The main difference is the sports massage is more targeted on the specific muscles you use in your sport, activity, or type of exercise.

If you are involved in sports or you are doing grueling workouts or you are new to exercise, sports massage will increase your athletic performance, reduce muscle soreness, increase circulation so that your body can heal and recover faster, and prevent injuries.

Incorporating Sports Massage Is a Game Changer

Enhanced Muscle Recovery – After a grueling workout or competition, your muscles need to recover. Sports massage helps speed up this process by increasing blood flow, which delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to your muscles. This boost in circulation helps reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, allowing you to bounce back faster and train harder.

Injury Prevention – Women athletes are more susceptible to certain injuries, such as ACL tears and stress fractures. Sports massage can play a crucial role in injury prevention by improving flexibility, reducing muscle tightness, and addressing imbalances in the body. Regular sessions help maintain optimal muscle condition and identify potential problem areas before they become serious.

Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion – Flexibility is key to peak performance and reducing the risk of injury. Sports massage stretches and lengthens muscles and connective tissues, enhancing your flexibility and range of motion. Whether you’re a runner, a gymnast, or a soccer player, improved flexibility can significantly enhance your performance.

Stress Relief and Mental Clarity – Sports massage provides powerful stress relief which calms the mind and reduces anxiety. This mental clarity and relaxation can lead to better focus when training.

Tailored to Your Needs – Every athlete’s body is unique, and sports massage can be tailored to address your specific needs. We customize techniques to target your problem areas and goals.

Enhanced Performance – When your muscles are in top condition, your risk of injury is minimized, and your mind is clear, you can perform at your best. Sports massage can give you that competitive edge, pushing your limits and helping you achieve your athletic dreams.

Sport Session Options

Sports Bomb – This session is MOSTLY deep tissue, but includes hot stone therapy for accelerated muscle recovery.   This session is not appropriate for immediately after a marathon or immediately before. 

Heavenly Sport – This session is designed mostly to flush muscles with needed blood and nutrients, speed up recovery, increase circulation, help flush out lactic acid, and help your body to recover from things like marathons and half marathons, Cross Fit and other intense types of exercise and sporting events.  It can be done up to a few weeks after intense activity.  It includes much more hot stone therapy, Swedish massage, deep tissue in areas where it is needed, and an incredible deep tissue foot massage. 

To Book Your Session

Just call or text Donna at 216-339-3401.  We offer afternoon and evenings on weekdays and we have some weekend slots.  You must schedule ahead of time. 


“Thanks again Donna.  Those stones of yours really felt good after my marathon.  I am glad you listened to me and didn’t do work that was too deep.  I don’t think most folks can take much after drudging through a full marathon!” Sally W.; Heavenly Sport – April 2022

“Running 6 days a week for the last 5 years has started taking a toll on my body.  Plus I am getting older LOL.  So glad I came here.  I have not felt this good in a very LONG time!  Henri J.; Sports Bomb – June 2019

“All I can say is wow!  I just never knew hot stones could make such a difference in a massage.  Since I love Crossfit, I pretty much beat my body up all the time and your massage took about 80% of that crazy soreness away.  I know I need more session though, since I took so long to get worked on.  I will follow your advice though and come in more often.”  Anthony W.; Sports Bomb – February 2019

“Wow!  I am a runner and I also do a lot of weight training and spinning classes so I am always sore.  I wanted to try out a new place for massage and found Donna online.   I am so glad I came here.  Never knew this place was right by my job.  Donna is very knowledgeable and really knows sports massage.  She explained what she was doing and why and really put me at ease.  I never had hot stone massage before but those stones are nothing short of AMAZING!  I could feel the soothing heat getting down into my muscles and I got up from the table literally feeling like I could go run a marathon!  And the most interesting thing of all is I did not have to lay there clenching my teeth the whole time because Donna knows how to make deep tissue somehow feel good!  I will DEFINITELY be back! ”  Jeff V.; The Sports Bomb – July 2018

“Thanks Donna for helping my son overcome his swimming injury.  He literally could not practice or compete at all before seeing you.  Thanks to you he just came in 2nd place for his team!  We  will definitely be back!”  Janice S.; sports massage (for her teenager) – April 2018

“I came in for a sports massage and got so much more.  I never knew that hot stone therapy could be so helpful with muscle fatigue.  I am preparing for a half marathon and I needed deep work but not too deep.  You found all my trouble spots!  I got the perfect blend of sport therapy and soothing relaxation massage.  And thanks for the advice on stretches to do and foam rolling for after I train.  It is much appreciated.  You will be seeing a lot of me in the coming weeks.  Thanks Donna.”  Helen A.; Sports Bomb (75 min session) – April 2018

“Wow.  Hands down the best massage I have ever received.  I have traveled around the world and experienced many massages but Donna’s techniques and her use of the hot stones is AMAZING.  I literally felt like someone gave me a brand new body.  I like knowing I can keep working out and can come here to get relief from my constant back pain.  So glad to see that some businesses still over deliver!”  Jason K.; The Bomb Sports Massage – January 2018







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Donna Agrinsonis

Donna Agrinsonis is a massage therapist licensed through the Medical Board of Ohio. She serves clients through her massage practice – Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy – located in the heart of Beachwood, Ohio. She and her staff specialize in couple’s massage, deep tissue, relaxation massage, and sports massage. Donna is also certified in prenatal massage. Donna has a background working in high-end spas, chiropractic clinics and she used to head up the massage services at a prominent country club in Beachwood. All sessions offered through her practice are super therapeutic and contain some form of hot stone therapy and real bodywork designed to have clients moving better, experiencing less pain, and feeling like a brand new person…

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