Massage is not always relaxing. There is a misunderstanding that Massage Therapy is relaxing for the athlete to recover from their training – this is not always the case! There can be some muscle imbalances, development of tightness in muscles and connective tissue, and development of hyperirritable spots in the muscle fibres called Trigger Points that can result from training. At times a Sport Massage Therapist needs to apply firm pressure to resolve these issues which can lead to tenderness during and after the treatment. Talking with a Sport Massage Therapist (Certified or Candidate) prior to the treatment is ideal to get the best approach and results out of the treatment.