Deep Tissue Massage, has clear differences from Relaxation (Swedish) Massage
and is mostly used to help clients who are experiencing high-level concentrated pain or stiffness in a given muscle group, joints or fascia.
It seems the ancient Egyptians knew their aches from their pains – and - how to treat them effectively since they’re reportedly the first civilization to make a popular practice of Deep tissue massage.
Since then, over the centuries, several proponents of the practice have sprung up in various pockets of the planet, telling of its benefits right up to the present day where Deep Tissue Massage still works its magic on sore bodies daily.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage focuses in on a specific problem area that’s causing pain, tightness and lack of mobility. Its whole purpose is to realign these troubled muscles and tissues and restore them to a happy state.
Deep Tissue Massage manipulates the deeper layers, working with the muscles’ connective fascia to untangle painful knots and tightness and restore flexibility. It uses concentrated, intense movements, which are applied slowly and with deep pressure.
Is Deep Tissue Massage uncomfortable or sore?
If you’ve wondered about having a Deep Tissue Massage but then opted out thinking it spells soreness and pain; you’ll be happy to know that for it to help, doesn’t mean it has to hurt.
Sometimes gentler strokes are far more effective – depending on the problem and specific treatment required – and this is why having a good therapist who can tell the difference, is so very handy.
So in all fairness and truth - should you opt for a Deep Tissue Massage - you may feel some discomfort or pain at certain points in the process. This is because your therapist is working on slowly releasing painful knots and intertwined tissue that’s become clumped together at a micro level.
Your therapist will however always care about your comfort. Be sure to let him or her know at any stage that you’re feeling pain, and they will quickly adapt their technique and approach.
A key reason why Deep Tissue Massage is so uniquely helpful to easing chronic pain is because it boldly interrupts the cycle of soreness.
You see, when we feel pain in a certain spot, our muscles and tissues tighten around that area and develop what experts call a ‘pain memory’. This is how the trouble starts.
Deep Tissue Massage loosens and lengthens these knotted up muscles and tissues, gets the blood flowing through them again and restores them back to normal.
The benefits run… DEEP!
Like other forms of massage, Deep Tissue Massage stimulates the body’s blood circulation carrying nutrients to your tissues, oxygen to your heart, and helping your lymphatic system get into gear and rid your tissues of cellular waste.
Along with the benefits of pain relief, the processes resulting from Deep Tissue Massage are central to keeping your body supple, and you feeling altogether bright eyed and bushy tailed!
Specifically speaking, Deep Tissue Massage provides ready help for specific cases of chronic pain – as well as:
As a result of your massage, you’ll feel:
Remember: Drink lots of water after having a massage
After your massage it’s quite normal to experience a level of tenderness or stiffness in your muscles and joints. Make sure you drink plenty of water to rinse away cellular waste that’s been freed from your tissues.
What the medical community has to say:
Therapeutic massage is gaining increasing acceptance from medical doctors at large. More and more clinical studies are showing how massage not only relaxes the body, but also has a positive effect on blood pressure, heart rate, stress and depression. Evidence also points to is ability to provide relief to the symptoms of a wide range of illnesses and health conditions.