There is no question that active recovery is the best thing for muscles full of lactic acid. A properly done massage can increase or decrease blood flow, depending on the type given. You won't find anyone digging in with their elbow or really beating the tar out of you while still improving blood flow. To increase that, you need less pressure with more speed.
Lymph Drainage applied by a sports-oriented therapist would help tremendously with fluid movement. Someone well trained in Kinesio-Taping would probably be the best inactive thing you could do for blood flow/nutrient delivery/lactic acid removal.
Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Myoskeletal Alignment, and Trigger Point treatments can and usually will decrease your work out abilities. They all do so because if done right, each modality will change your motor patterns, your compensation patterns, your propioception, your range of motion, and even power generation.
All of them are great styles and need to be done to bring your body into an optimal, neutral, balanced posture and movement. Don't be afraid of these styles, just accept that when you improve your body through therapy, it takes a few days before you see improvements.