Best Salt Lake City, UT Deep Tissue Massage

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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:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Deep Tissue Massage FAQ

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.
Deep tissue massage is beneficial if you have painful areas in your body that need specific attention. As its name implies, this type of massage stimulates muscles and other deep tissue beneath the skin through slow strokes and sustained finger pressure. Therefore, it can be very helpful in relieving tension, especially if you’ve had a sprain or other injury. The slow, forceful strokes used during deep tissue massage can also break up scar tissue caused by an injury and help you heal faster. Deep tissue massage benefits also include better circulation and reduced inflammation. If you have chronic muscle tension, deep tissue massage can be therapeutic, and it can help you release emotional stress as well.
Our muscles and connective tissue hold toxins, which can be released during a deep tissue massage. This occurs, in part, because the lymphatic system, which is one of the body’s natural methods of removing waste material, is stimulated during a deep tissue massage session. The release of toxins during a massage promotes wellness and is one of the primary benefits of massage therapy. However, it is important to drink plenty of fresh water after a deep tissue massage to thoroughly flush your system. Your kidneys need to be well-hydrated to process the toxins that are released to fully experience the benefits of massage therapy.
A 30-120 minute deep tissue massage costs from $65 to $170, and the massage time includes 10 minutes of intake, Q&A and wrap-up. We also offer promotional gift certificates and other specials so that you can take advantage of the many deep tissue massage benefits. Please see our coupons page for discounts.
People who suffer from sciatica, which is pain that occurs along the sciatic nerve, often find deep tissue massage to be an effective treatment in relieving the pain. Deep tissue massage also releases endorphins, which can increase your pain threshold and help you deal with the pain — throbbing sensations, a mild soreness or even a feeling of electric shock — caused by sciatica. During a deep tissue massage session, muscular tension in the lower back and other muscles that run along the sciatic nerve is released and therefore you end up with less pressure on the sciatic nerve. The result? You can experience relief from pain and other symptoms of sciatica, such as numbness and tingling in your lower torso and the affected leg and foot.
Deep tissue massage is useful in treating cellulite because it hydrates and promotes circulation to your muscles and connective tissue, which helps to make cellulite less noticeable. It also helps to remove toxins that can contribute to the development of cellulite. However, depending on the extent of your cellulite, you may also need to focus on changing your diet and increasing your exercise regime to regain smooth skin in the areas of your body where you have cellulite. You may be missing out on some incredible benefits to your health if you’ve never heard a deep tissue massage. This type of massage offers the much-needed stimulation that improves a wide variety of health conditions. Just like any other type of massage, the deep tissue massage utilizes several techniques which help sore muscles achieve quick repair while eliminating pain. However, this kind of massage is somehow intense. More pressure is usually applied to some regions of your body with the aim of reaching the deepest fascia layers. The fascia layers refer to the deepest tissues that surround your muscles. Deep tissue massage is mostly used to relieve chronic pain as well as contracted regions such as upper and low back pain, stiff neck, sore shoulders, and leg muscle tightness.

This type of massage is quite similar to the Swedish massage. Even some of the touches used feel are similar to those used in the typical Swedish massage therapy. However, deep tissue massage is more than the typical massage with profound pressure.

Deep tissue massage is typically used to disintegrate the scar tissue and also disintegrate muscle adhesions which may disrupt circulation resulting in pain, inflammation, and minimal range of movement. Light pressure is usually applied at the start of the massage to cuddle and warm up and prepare the muscles.

The most prevalent techniques used in deep tissue massage are:

  • Friction: This method applies pressure across the grain of your muscle to release the bands of painful and rigid tissue and realign the crucial tissue fibers.
  • Stripping: Stripping involves applying deep and intense pressure along the length of your muscle fibers using thumbs, elbow, knuckles, and the forearm.

Although this type of massage can easily be incorporated in any of your routine massages, it is mostly used as a therapeutic remedy for specific muscle and health problems. Some of the most common health conditions that can be alleviated with deep tissue massage include:

  • Strain, spasms, and muscle tension
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle injuries and most commonly the sports or whiplash injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow or the carpal tunnel
Overall, deep tissue massage doesn't hurt as many people think, but at some point, you may feel a little discomfort due to the intense pressure being applied to your muscles. You may also fell some slight pain as the therapist works through the scar tissue or specific areas that have been affected by the adhesions. Don't be afraid to inform your therapist in case you are feeling much pain. He/she may change the massage technique or further prepare the tissues to ease the pain.  

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.

Are you looking for a professional massage in Downtown Salt Lake City? Matrix Massage & Spa is here to serve you. We have a team of experienced and caring massage therapists to serve you and make you feel good. We are a green spa with over 20 years’ experience and we offer exciting coupons for massages. Contact us today for a fulfilling massage.

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Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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What Matrix Spa & Massage Customers Are Saying

Jorge Valle
Jorge Valle
17:17 17 Mar 20
Alfonso Ayala
Alfonso Ayala
17:03 17 Mar 20
norma castillo
norma castillo
16:49 17 Mar 20
Michael LaCombe
Michael LaCombe
21:43 15 Mar 20
brody harris
brody harris
06:25 15 Mar 20
I happened to be in Slc area for the day and decided I needed a massage. I booked the 90 minute deep tissue massage and they got me booked in with less than a 45 minute notice to my surprise! There was nice calming music and the receptionist was very friendly. Jacque my therapist was very knowledgeable and professional in her work. She asked about the problematic areas and made sure to put some extra effort into them. That was the best massage I have ever received, you just can’t put a price on the pain relief I experienced I will most certainly be back!
Jeff Deitz
Jeff Deitz
16:32 27 Feb 20
My wife and I have been going to Matrix for several years now. Always a couples massage with reflexology. Great experience! Calm environment with a relaxing experience. My therapist this last even gave me some stretches I could do at home for my back.
Laurel Hill
Laurel Hill
16:53 25 Feb 20
I was so impressed with my massage, it was unexpected and exactly targeted what was hurting. I will be back.
Madeline Malmquist
Madeline Malmquist
17:07 24 Feb 20
I have been to a few places around town over the years and i find myself always coming back to Matrix. They offer a large variety of massage therapists to choose from.
Jane Edwards
Jane Edwards
04:12 22 Feb 20
I have known the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage for decades, long before her business was even a dream. I marvel at her success in growing a 5-star spa. From my first step through the door I am greeted by a welcoming, informative, happy-to-serve-you receptionist. The environment is peaceful, calming, inviting throughout my visit. I have had the privilege of many massages from owner Julieta Hernandez. She demonstrates brilliance in creating a business that develops exceptional therapists in a nourishing environment. Aches diminish. Massages never disappoint. Thank you for the comfort and relief. Unbeatable.
Bart Williams
Bart Williams
15:06 19 Feb 20
Great deep tissue massage the first time I went. I went a second time and it was even better! Went for a 3rd time and still great. Making progress with some tight back muscles.
Lynsee Murtaugh
Lynsee Murtaugh
03:36 13 Feb 20
One day I had a terrible massage on my anniversary and when I emailed the spa they took care of me with a make up massage. The second massage was with Troy and it was absolutely amazing. He listened to everything I asked of him and was one of the best massages I have had in a long time. Troy and Julieta (the owner) are the reasons I will be back!
Vaughn Call
Vaughn Call
18:23 12 Feb 20
We had a great experience - again. Our couples massage was awesome. Both therapist we very good and put our concerns first. They asked the right questions and gave great advice post massage!
Roger Graff
Roger Graff
20:59 05 Feb 20
It's a perfect time for "Winter" massage to get rid of stress,colds and be "warm" and relaxed for a good massage👍😊
יוחאי גרינפלד
יוחאי גרינפלד
22:22 27 Jan 20
Came here with a group of dancer from Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Tour, and had the best time. This place offers a replenishing environment of wellness and self care, and was just what we needed. Excellent staff, excellent clean facilities, and endless kindness from the front desk (shout out to Adam).
Isabella Faye Silva
Isabella Faye Silva
03:08 25 Jan 20
I loved my prenatal massage I got from here! I felt so much better. Thank you Matrix Massage!
Dede Vilven
Dede Vilven
19:02 18 Jan 20
Would definitely go to Nina again. I’m so happy to have found a massage therapist that knows what they are doing and can get all the knots out. She left me with some notes and things to work on at home which was much appreciated.
Robert M
Robert M
03:47 13 Jan 20
This place is wonderful. I always leave very relaxed and refreshed.
Jedi Karen
Jedi Karen
06:51 02 Jan 20
The guy who worked on me was beyond wonderful. He started off too hard and then when I said something he went to a spot on perfect pressure. I was in pure bliss and I struggle with constant anxiety. I see why this place is so popular.
Tyler Call
Tyler Call
07:43 20 Nov 19
Aaron Fournier
Aaron Fournier
17:55 15 Nov 19
Fantastic service and quality massage. They actually care about their customers' issues and adapt to them during the massage.
P Dixon
P Dixon
15:28 09 Nov 19
I have been going to Matrix for many years. Before that I had been going from spa to spa looking for a place that was consistent, and finally found Matrix. I have had many therapists there and they have all been great, and very professional. I can generally get appointments when I need them. Highly recommend.
Darius Davis
Darius Davis
21:32 08 Nov 19
I was able to walk in and waited only a few minutes before my massage. It was possibly the best i've ever experienced! Will definitely be back!
Jessica Carey
Jessica Carey
14:44 30 Oct 19
I love Matrix Spa. I love the ambiance of the spa and it has a very "hole-in-the-wall" feel which makes me feel more at home and less like a doctor's office. I have always felt comfortable there. The massages have been fantastic, I usually go to Jacqueline. Would highly recommend this spa. Also, I feel that their prices are very competitive and reasonable.
Drea Mahonec
Drea Mahonec
12:22 24 Oct 19
Annie Tasse
Annie Tasse
15:38 18 Oct 19
I had a great experience with Jaqui. I walked away feeling really relaxed and calm. Also, Julie was super helpful in making sure that I was fully satisfied with my experience. Very calming atmosphere as well, loved that.
Cindee Elmer
Cindee Elmer
21:02 12 Oct 19
Was very happy to find a place that I could book a massage same day. It was simple to book online and the staff was very friendly, even accommodating a request to switch from a 30 to a 60 min massage. My therapist, Eztli was friendly and competent. Had a wonderful massage experience. Would recommend.
Amber Kennedy
Amber Kennedy
18:13 28 Sep 19
Sooooo good. This place has always been a great place to treat myself with something truely special
Jesse Palmer
Jesse Palmer
02:14 14 Sep 19
First time here I had an excellent experience. My therapist was skilled with 4 years experience and you could tell.
Mary Henrie
Mary Henrie
00:31 10 Sep 19
We had a lovely couples massage here with Chad and Jacque and I couldn’t have been happier with the service. They were very professional and the environment was relaxing and clean.
Oddie Schulle
Oddie Schulle
21:37 05 Sep 19
I called one morning to ask about a walk in. The receptionist was kind enough to call in one of the massage therapists who was there within 30 minutes to accommodate me. She did a fantastic job on my tense muscles. She knew when to upgrade me to the expert package because of all the knots I had all over my body. I have since had better pain relief since my massage there and I am looking forward to my next appointment. Definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants a skilled therapist who knows what she is doing.
Lisa Snarr
Lisa Snarr
16:30 26 Aug 19
By far the BEST massage experiences I've had! The staff is wonderful, the overall feel of the spa is calming and peaceful! I'm kind of a clean freak and I absolutely love how comfortable I feel in regards to their cleanliness. I appreciate their attention to everything from music to decor to offering chlotaphyll water. This place deserves more than 5 stars!!!
Linda Russell
Linda Russell
22:06 19 Aug 19
I've been having massages from the owner over 19 yrs. She has an awesome story coming from Mexico working to build her own business. She's an extremely hard worker to have the business she has. She gives her all to me after all these yrs. She personally trains her staff once they come to work for her. No matter what few who put her business down for any reason, it's probably a lie! She use to work 7 days a week! I had a horrible accident 59 yrs ago & broke all my bones in my body except arms & legs. She's been the one who has gotten me thought the worse of times when I was in so much pain. I've moved 10 yrs ago & haven't found anyone like her. I come back through the summer & if she's available, she works on me! The spa is really nice before a massage to loosen my muscles! I wish her success for the rest of her life! Luv u, Julietta
Erica Cung
Erica Cung
18:51 07 Aug 19
This was such a wonderful experience. We did the couples massage Emerald Package. My boyfriend said the experience has helped his back and eased a lot of pain from our drive. If I ever find myself in Salt Lake City again I definitely will be coming here.
Michelle Matthews
Michelle Matthews
19:44 05 Aug 19
William Evans
William Evans
18:04 01 Aug 19
This was a great massage. I've visited several times, and have always had a great experience.
Nicole Eckrote
Nicole Eckrote
15:49 26 Jul 19
clean environment, extremely pleasant staff. Jacqui gave a great massage.
Kirk Jorgensen
Kirk Jorgensen
15:46 24 Jul 19
Excellent therapeutic massage experience!
sandy arrieta
sandy arrieta
02:29 17 Jul 19
Always the best massage
Rhonda Roth
Rhonda Roth
01:01 30 Jun 19
I should preface my review by saying that I have been having true therapeutic massage for over 15 years of my life and have had a variety of very skilled therapists in the past. I visited Matrix about 1 month ago for a massage to use a gift card I had been given. . At that time I had a good massage, I felt relaxed afterward and the massage therapist was good. I returned today and decided to try a different massage therapist. I am SO glad I did. Amie provided me with true therapeutic body work. She is extremely knowledgeable, caring and does true therapeutic massage work. If you really know and understand massage, you will appreciate her approach. If you are looking for a massage you can get on a cruise line, this is not it. I will definitely return in the future to see Amie again! My back feels fantastic today and I can really tell the difference in my posture, my neck and my overall energy level. She gave the best massage that I have had in years! Thank you Amie for the awesome massage work.
Jonathan Reid
Jonathan Reid
01:29 26 Jun 19
My wife and I did a couples massage. Enjoyed the experience. Well-trained therapists and loved the decor and service. Would have been nice if they offered an upgrade for services when we were there, probably would have done it. Spirulina water was a nice touch.
Lyndi Lou21
Lyndi Lou21
16:55 19 Jun 19
Great place, relaxing environment and good massage therapist.
Amy Burnside
Amy Burnside
15:31 19 Jun 19
These guys are the best. Great atmosphere and quality work. Worth every penny.
Brynn P.
Brynn P.
11:09 13 Aug 18
This spa was amazing! A group of us went there this past Friday for a Bachelorette Party! This is the only spa in SLC that has any packages or deals for a...
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