Different variants of sports massage were tested on 8 fencers (masters and candidate masters of sports) aged between 18 and 22 years. Variant 1 was stimulating massage with the predominant impact on the selected groups of muscles while variant II included relaxation massage with the selective impact on the connective-tissue structures. Blood glucose, cortisol, thyroxin, triiodo-thyronine levels and concentrations of lactic, uric, and non-esterified fatty acids were measured before and after the massage. The results of the study indicate that different technological regimens of sports massage may cause multidirectional changes in the metabolism of selected biologically important compounds. The stimulating massage improves the functional state of the neuromuscular apparatus and activates energy production (in the first place, through enhanced utilization of the substances required for maintaining this process) which suggests formation of the mechanisms necessary for "emergency" adaptation. The relaxation massage suppresses the functional activity of the neuromuscular apparatus and energy consumption which results in the transition of the organism into the state dominated by accumulation of selected substances characteristic of "long-term" adaptation.