Sports massage is pretty much what it sounds like-massage geared toward athletes or highly physically active individuals. Based on Swedish massage techniques, a sports massage is generally focused on areas of the body that sustain repetitive, often high-impact, movements. Using faster, firmer strokes to more quickly stimulate blood flow as well as compression, friction, passive and active stretching, and trigger point therapy, sports massage can ease muscle pain from spasms and cramps and reduce swelling and inflammation associated with rigorous physical activity. It's a valuable form of injury prevention or rehabilitation and can lead to improved flexibility, range of motion, and overall performance.