A Deep Tissue Massage is more than just a relaxation massage. It is design to promote healing within the body and alleviate chronic aches and pains. This type of massage therapy encompasses massage techniques with firmer pressure and targeted strokes to different layers of the muscles as well as to the tendons, fascia, bones, and joints.
What to Expect
Your massage therapist will first work massage oil onto your skin using lighter pressure and sweeping strokes to warm your muscles and increase circulation to the area in order to prepare the muscles for a deeper penetrating massage.
During the massage you may feel different massage techniques being applied. Your therapist may implement movements of deep, firm pressure that is dragged in long, slow strokes along the length of your neck, back, and shoulder muscles. Firmer pressure is also applied and held for a few seconds and then released in order to work deep into the muscles, undoing “knots”, breaking through scar tissue, and working through adhesions on the muscles that cause pain and inflammation, disrupt blood flow to the muscle, and can limit a person’s range of motion. They may even use their elbow, forearm, knuckles, or thumbs to achieve the best response from your tightened muscles.
This sounds like it could hurt, does it?
Because of the firmer and deeper application of massaging strokes, you may feel some discomfort during the massage, but it is not an intense pain and many clients describe it as a “good kind of pain”. If ever the discomfort becomes too intense, please let your massage therapist know so that they can reduce the pressure and attempt another method to stretch the muscle and work out the knot that lays deep inside.
Post-massage you will likely feel stiff or a little sore, as if you completed an intense weight lifting workout. This is totally normal and in a way your muscles did get a bit of a workout! The soreness should fade within 24-48 hours. If the stiffness is affecting your regular activities, you can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.
We recommend drinking lots of water after your massage to help flush out metabolic waste that was stored in your muscles and pushed out by the firmer massage techniques. Drinking a lot of water is not only good for your overall health, but it can also ease any soreness or stiffness you are experiencing shortly after the massage.
Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massages can be highly beneficial for those suffering from chronic muscle pain and it can help ease or aid in the following conditions:
- Injury rehabilitation
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Lower Back Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Neck Pain and Stiffness
- Limited Mobility
- High Blood Pressure
- Postural Correction
- Severe Muscle Tension
- Athletic injuries or muscle care
- Osteoarthritis Pain