The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage: 6 Ways it Can Help You
If you ever think about getting a massage you might be surprised by how many options you have before you. Remedial, shiatsu, thai, deep tissue… the list is longer than you think! But what’s the difference between them? And which one should I get? In this article, we take a look at one of the most popular types of massage: deep tissue massage. It’s popular for a reason; the benefits of deep tissue massage are real and effective – from reducing pain to alleviating stress. Read on to find out what deep tissue massage exactly is and how it can help you.
What is deep tissue massage?
So what is deep tissue massage? Deep tissue (as described by its name) is a full-body massage which applies a large amount of pressure to muscles. The pressure applied is considerably greater than other types of massage. While deep tissue can be uncomfortable and a little painful, the increased intensity lends itself to increased effectiveness and benefits.
What can I expect in a deep tissue massage session?
Most massage therapists are capable of administering deep tissue massage and a typical session goes like this:
Before your session starts, your massage therapist will talk to you about any goals or concerns you have regarding the massage. You’ll also be able to inform them of any sensitive areas you might have. It’s important for both therapist and client to have an understanding and agreement about the massage session so both parties leave satisfied.
- Warm Up
Once you are ready to begin, the therapist will apply a small amount of oil and begin lightly massaging your body. This is done to warm your muscles up and prepare them for the rest of the deep tissue massage.
After your body has been warmed up, your therapist will begin to make strokes and glides along your muscles. This is known as ‘stripping’. The technique usually involves the use of thumbs, palms and elbows.
The final step in a deep tissue massage is ‘friction’. The most pressure is applied in this stage. It’s designed to work your muscles, remove knots, release tension and realign muscle fibres.
The incredible benefits of deep tissue massage
Like all forms of massage therapy, deep tissue massages can reduce muscle pain and soreness. The way it does this is by increasing blood flow in affected areas. Deep tissue works to a greater extent. While it may be somewhat painful at first, the massage is able to target deeper layers of tissue, alleviating pain and discomfort. Deep tissue massage is also an effective form of therapy for those suffering chronic pain.
Remove Knots and Tension
Muscle knots are a group of tense and tight muscle fibers. They are often painful to touch and are easily aggravated by exercise or movement. Deep tissue massages are a great way to remove knots. By applying high pressure and movement, knots are ‘undone’ and return to being regular muscle fibers, free from high tension and tightness.
If you’re suffering from poor posture, a deep tissue massage can really help you to stand straight and tall again. Poor posture is often caused by shoulder and back muscles which have tightened in unhealthy positions. By loosening up these muscles and removing knots, you’ll be able to enjoy good posture once more.
Better posture isn’t the only thing that a deep tissue massage can help improve. Stiff muscles can significantly hinder your mobility and flexibility and leave you feeling crippled. A thorough massage can remove this stiffness and increase your range of motion, flexibility, endurance and overall mobility.
The previously mentioned points add up to one very helpful benefit – injury prevention. By loosening up muscles, removing tension and improving mobility, the chances of injury occurring are significantly reduced. That’s why many athletes swear by deep tissue massages for improved recovery and sport injury prevention.
A tight, sore body is more likely than not leading to increased levels of stress. Just imagine having to deal with soreness all day, how can it not? A deep tissue massage can work all your tension out and have you back in a relaxed, comfortable state. You may be hesitant since after all, a deep tissue massage can be considered a high pressure massage. But the feeling of your knots becoming undone and your muscles becoming more relaxed are worth the pain after massage.
Try the benefits of deep tissue massage for yourself
You know what it is, what to expect and what it can do for you. The only thing left for you to do is to go out and try it for yourself! There are many deep tissue massage therapists so make sure you find one that is right for you.
It’s also a good idea to prepare yourself for the temporary soreness you might feel directly after the massage. But don’t be afraid, that incredible benefits of deep tissue massage greatly outweighs the initial discomfort.
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