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.
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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:
- Digestive disorders
- 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 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 beneficial 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 experience the benefits of massage therapy fully.
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.