Recovery massages are designed to reduce downtime post-workout and performance, while also decreasing fatigue, preventing injury, and reducing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The pressure used may vary between lighter for drainage and deeper to release muscle tension.
Performance massages are designed with results in mind - more range of motion, easier movement, pain relief. These massages tend to be deeper, at times uncomfortable. Focus is on specific issues and therapy may not always be full body.