What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage, as the name suggests, is a therapy used to release chronic muscle tension by slower, deeper, and more direct touch. Deep tissue massage locates ingrained areas of discomfort and slowly opens them using slower, more forceful strokes. This massage technique targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, so it commonly helps with muscle damage from injuries. Your body is composed of different layers: muscle, blood, bone, tendons and tissues. This type of massage attempts to target the right areas by applying the correct amount of pressure and working out any kinks.
We received “Best Deep Tissue Massage in Salt Lake City” AWARD from City Weekly in 2007 and 2012
Deep Tissue Massage Benefits include:
A deep tissue massage reduces pain because it loosens up muscles that have been bunched together for quite some time. When muscles stay tight without any relief, it can lead to discomfort, spasms or injury. Massage has been proven to help with common athletic problems such as tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis, and it is particularly helpful for those who have trouble with their calf muscles. It can break up scar tissue within the muscle after injuries or surgeries, which can promote healing and decrease chances of relapse.
During a deep tissure massage, the therapist pays attention to working on and through knotted muscles and tissues, which increases blood flow and decreases stress. In fact, according to the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, blood pressure falls after just one massage. Because all forms of massage have been shown to reduce stress and boost the level of serotonin in your body, a deep tissue massage can promote a healthier lifestyle and help with:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Paresthesias and nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
After a Deep Tissue Massage
It is important to drink lots of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush the built up lactic acid out of your tissues. It’s recommended you drink several glasses of water following a massage or you may feel a little sore the next day. You may still experience soreness if you’ve been stressed or particularly tight for a while regardless of how much water you drink. If you do happen to feel sore, it will likely go away within a day.
How Soon Will I Get Results?
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.