Deep Tissue Massages
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage specifically works on deep layers of muscles, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints) in the body. It’s similar to Swedish Massage, but the therapist will focus on firm pressure and slow strokes that helps with relieving chronic muscle tension. This style of massage reduces knots and scar tissue along the muscle fibers of the back and body, while improving the body’s ability to heal itself.
Why should you get a Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage helps break up toxins and loosen metabolic waste that has accumulated in the muscles, which can then be flushed out of the body. What is commonly called “knots” are actually adhesions, bands of tense, rigid tissue under the skin, which can limit mobility, cause pain, and induce inflammation. This style of massage administers pressure over the grain of a muscle fiber to alleviate these adhesions.
What to expect?
Deep Tissue Massages take about 50 – 60 minutes. Deep Tissue Massage is for rehabilitation and therapy, not only relaxation. So you need to be prepared to feel some pain as the massage uses movements against the muscles than moving with them. The pressure applied during these massages can be painful for some people, but good practitioners are careful to monitor the pain tolerance and response of their patients. So if you feel intense pain, inform your therapist immediately.
Health benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage
This massage has several therapeutic effects and can be used to treat many different conditions.
- Relieves stress and anxiety – Lugging around extra muscles tensions can cause inflammation that can lead to excess of stress hormones, which can cause mood swings. Massages can increase the production of a hormone called oxytocin and create positive emotions.
- Lowers blood pressure – Deep Tissue Massage also helps reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels.
- Reduces chronic back pain – Deep Tissue Massage will be able to relieve chronic back pain by loosening the muscles and improve circulation in those areas in the back.
- Helps manages labor pain & delivery – This therapy can lower anxiety in expecting mothers. A Deep Tissue Massage before and after labor can increase pain threshold, and decrease leg and back pain.
- Breaks Down Scar Tissue - Deep Tissue Massages can help break up newly forming scar tissue after an injury. Scar tissue can slow down recovery process and cause stiffness.
Tips to keep in mind!
If you suffer from the following issues and/or ailments, do not opt for a Deep Tissue Massage or talk to your doctor, before you opt for it –
- diagnosed with blood clots
- ongoing or had chemotherapy
- had surgery recently