As most people know, massage offers benefits of relaxation and pain relief. A very popular modality of massage is Deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage is a modality that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles. Sometimes this technique involves the therapist using firmer pressure in order to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this particular massage is oftentimes recommended for people who are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch. However, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer. The belief that deep pressure equals pain is a myth; however, the benefits of deep tissue massage are beyond question.
Deep tissue massage offers stress relief and it’s not only for athletes who have pushed themselves too hard. When a client feels stressed out due to demands at work, home or both, deep tissue massage can help ease this stress in a healthy manner. This is important, as unresolved stress can do major damage to mental and physical health.
Deep tissue massage may be able to lessen pain. For example research shows that deep tissue massage to posterior calf muscles, along with self-stretching exercises, helps reduce participants’ pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Deep tissue massage can be used for other conditions as well, such as fibromyalgia, tennis elbow or low-back pain, potentially providing some much-needed relief.
Scar tissue forms when an area of the body is injured and heals. Although the most common scars are those that result from a visible cut, sometimes they occur deeper in the body, such as when you damage muscles, ligaments or tendons. It is this type of scarring that deep tissue massage can help resolve, making it easier to move and promoting greater range of motion.
Research has shown that deep tissue massage can lower heart rate and blood pressure. In the study, each individual’s blood pressure and heart rate was assessed prior and after a 45 to 60-minute deep tissue massage. The result was lower systolic and diastolic pressure, as well as heart rates around 10 beats less per minute.
If deep tissue massage sounds like something you could benefit from, call Jodi for an appointment at 701-238-8257.