Sports Massage Therapy

Synergy provides sports massage therapy services including sports, deep tissue, active release techniques (ART®), active isolated stretching and strengthening (AIS), rossiter, swedish, and pregnancy massage. While our specialty is providing innovative sports massage geared toward the needs of today's elite, professional, or amateur athlete; we do provide massage for anyone who is looking for a great massage or to recover from surgeries or injuries. Many of our clients in the Cleveland area are involved in triathlons, swimming and diving, running, cycling, football, baseball, and basketball, hockey, and ice skating.  We are proud to have pro athletes from the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Olympic athletes including runners, soccer players, ice skaters, and more on our client list just to name a few.  We offer several sports/massage therapy packages to meet the needs of our regular clients!

Treatment Options

Sports Therapy Treatment

Our Sports Therapy Treatment combines a cryotherapy session with multiple massage modalities including any combination of ART, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Rossiter, Swedish Massage, AIS Stretching (Active Isolated Stretching), and more in order create the best treatment plan for each client. It emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. This type of therapy offers these proven benefits for athletes: enhanced athletic performance, fewer injuries, restored flexibility and range of motion, and faster recovery from injury. It is also equally effective and therapeutic for chronic pain, rehabilitation from surgery, recovery from injury, stress relief, relaxation, and more.
Note: We also have some therapists that do not yet have ART certification. You can schedule with them for a lower rate by selecting NAC (Non ART certified therapist) as your appointment. They are still highly qualified therapists, but they do not do the ART treatment.
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Active Release Techniques ART®

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Back pain, headaches, shin splints, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, and piriformis syndrome are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®.  This session is ideal for a specific injury only with the session lasting no more than 30 minutes. Please select a 30 minute Sports Therapy Treament for this service. If you have multiple areas for treatment, we recommend going with a 60 minute or longer treatment that will likely include other massage modalities as well.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.


Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Massage Therapy FAQs

WHERE WILL MY MASSAGE SESSION TAKE PLACE?

Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

MUST I BE COMPLETELY UNDRESSED?

Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. If you are receiving a sports massage, it is beneficial to wear workout shorts.

WILL THE THERAPIST BE PRESENT WHEN I DISROBE?

The therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.

WILL I BE COVERED DURING THE SESSION?

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MASSAGE?

There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING THE MASSAGE SESSION?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the therapist any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE MASSAGE SESSION?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE?

Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD MAKE MASSAGE INADVISABLE?

Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the therapist asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.