What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a massage therapy technique that concentrates on realigning and manipulating the deeper layers of muscle and tissue. The massage strokes can be either with or against the muscle grain, usually slower and with more pressure than classic massage. The results are a more intensified massage with focus on relieving tension and pain in specified areas.
The slow, calculated strokes used in deep tissue massage help breakdown pockets of tense tissue that can cause pain, inflammation or reduce range of motion and circulation. By concentrating pressure on these specific points, tension is released, allowing for better circulation and range of motion in muscles.
When is Deep Tissue Massage Recommended?
Some of the health conditions that can be improved with this particular type of massage include:
– Chronic pain
– Muscle injuries- commonly whiplash or sports injuries
– Muscle tension, strain or spasms
– Carpal tunnel or tennis elbow
What Should I Do Before and After My Deep Tissue Massage?
If you are scheduling your first deep tissue massage, make sure you limit your food intake before the appointment. Do not eat a heavy meal or drink a large amount of liquids in the hours before your massage. Deep tissue massage requires intense pressure, which can be uncomfortable if your stomach is full or trying to digest a large meal.
For a deep tissue massage to be effective, you must be relaxed. Make sure to arrive to your appointment a few minutes early to unwind and get ready to allow your body to relax.
After your massage, drink plenty of water to help your body recover from the massage and flush any released toxins from your system. Your massage therapist may recommend icing inflamed areas if necessary. In some cases, there may be tenderness after these sessions due to the pressure used; however, it is usually minimal, followed by reduced pain in the troubled areas.