When it comes to massage, there are many different types and styles to choose from. Swedish, Sports massage, medical – the list goes on. But of all the different types of massage out there, deep tissue massage is perhaps one of the most misunderstood. Some people love it, some people hate it – but what exactly is it? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at deep tissue massage: what it is, what it’s good for, and what to expect when you decide to try one.
It is a type of massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is often used to treat chronic aches and pain as well as recovery from injuries. During a deep tissue massage, the therapist will use slow strokes and firm pressure to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue. This type of massage is not for everyone – some people find it too intense while others find it extremely beneficial.
The Benefits of Deep Tissue
A deep tissue massage can be full-body or focused only on one area. Before your session, you will likely discuss your specific needs with your therapist. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the session.
In addition to helping with chronic pain and injuries, it can can also improve circulation, decrease stress levels, relieve anxiety, and improve range of motion. If you suffer from chronic pain or have recently been injured, this type of massage may be a good option for you. However, if you have sensitive skin or are pregnant, this type of massage may not be right for you.
The benefits of a deep tissue massage include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved range of motion in the affected area
- Lowered heart rate
- Increased blood flow
- Exercise recovery
However, it may not be appropriate if you have:
- Blood clots
- Burns or wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Some forms of cancer
What to Expect
During a deep tissue massage, the therapist will use slow strokes and firm pressure to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue. You can expect some discomfort – this is normal! The therapist will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the session. If at any time you feel pain or discomfort, simply let the therapist know so they can adjust their techniques accordingly.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that can be very beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain or recent injuries. It is important to note that it is not for everyone – some people find them too intense. If you’re wondering if there are other styles that would benefits you more, check out our article on the 5 main types of massage therapy. When you do decide to try it, be sure to communicate with your therapist about your comfort level so they can adjust their techniques accordingly. Contact us to schedule your appointment!