Deep tissue massage therapy is conducted in a similar way to a Swedish massage only with deeper pressure. With a deep tissue massage, we focus on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia. This is an ideal massage for anyone with very tight muscles, soreness, and those who are experienced in receiving massages.
What is deep tissue massage
Some elements of the deep tissue massage may feel similar to a Swedish massage except with firmer pressure. Deep tissue massages are used to break up scar tissue and improve the mobility of muscles and fascia. Many of us have knots and sore spots which can interfere with circulation, limit our range of motion, and cause pain.
A deep tissue massage is designed to improve circulation to those areas while breaking down the knots and scar tissue that are causing the problem.
That begins with a stripping process where I apply deep pressure in gliding strokes along the length of your muscle fibers. The stripping process releases tension, warms up your muscles, and breaks up scar tissue.
From there we move into a higher friction process which is designed to break down knots, penetrate down to the fascia, and break up any remaining scar tissue that is causing rigidity in your muscles.
After a deep tissue massage, it’s important to drink lots of water to flush your system from any toxins which have been released and give your body the nutrients it needs to heal itself. After a deep tissue massage, you’ll feel like a new person.
Benefits of deep tissue massage
Several studies have been conducted on the benefits of deep tissue massage. One study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that blood pressure fell after a single deep tissue massage.
Another study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that deep tissue massages reduce cortisol, a stress hormone, and improved mood by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Additional benefits of the deep tissue massage include:
- Increased flexibility
- Breaking up scar tissue
- Releasing tension
- Improved elasticity in fascia tissues
- Reduced pain
Another study by Consumer Reports Magazine interviewed 34,000 people who ranked deep tissue massage as being more effective at relieving osteoarthritis pain and fibromyalgia pain than physical therapy, prescription drugs, chiropractic, acupuncture, and more.
Who is the deep tissue massage for?
A deep tissue massage can be enjoyed by anyone but it is especially useful for those with injuries, inflexibility, and pain. Anyone suffering from sciatica pain, sports injuries, lower back pain, muscle tension, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, upper back, neck, and shoulder pain can benefit tremendously from deep tissue massage.
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