A type of massage therapy,deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow stroke to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back,low back pain,leg muscle tightness,and sore shoulders.
What Can I Expect During My Visit?
Massage therapist may use fingertips,knuckles,hands,elbows,and forearms during a deep tissue massage.
You may be asked to breath deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.
After the massage,you may feel some stiffness or soreness,but it should subside within a day or so.Be sure to contact your massage therapist if you have concerns or if you feel pain after having a massage.
Drinking more water after the massage will help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissue.
Will a Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At ccertain points during the massage,you may feel some discimfort or even some pain as teh massage therapist works on areas where there are adhensions or scar tissue.
You should always tell your massage therapist if you feel pain during the massage.The therapist can adjust the technique or further prep the tissue if the superficial muscles are tense.
Pain isn't necessarily good,and it's not necessarily a sign that the massage is working.In fact,your body may tense up in response to pain,making it harder for the therapist to reach deeper muscles.
The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage ususally focuses on a specific problem,such as chronic muscle pain,injury rehabilitation,and the following conditions:
-Recovery from injures(e.g. whiplash,falls)
-Muscle tension in the hamstrings,glutes,IT band,legs,quadriceps,upper back