So you’re working remotely and have found yourself hunched over your laptop while attending zoom meetings, and your muscles are starting to protest – it’s time for a massage! But what kind? Swedish and aromatherapy are soft, relaxing, fall-asleep massages, whereas sports and deep tissue are hard, solution-driven massages. Read on to discover how a deep tissue massage can improve your quality of life.
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. A sports massage targets injuries sustained during sports whereas deep tissue massage is more specifically focused on chronic muscle tension and stress reduction.
What to Expect
Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage is a much stronger, deeper version of a Swedish massage.
At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles before getting down to the painful parts.
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.
After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so. Be sure to contact your massage therapist if you have concerns or if you feel pain after having a massage.
Drinking water after the massage may help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.
Who needs Deep tissue Massage.
Mostly it goes with your preference meaning if you feel you need strong and firm pressure then it means you need to do Deep tissue massage rather than Swedish massage which uses a soft technique to manipulate tissues and for relaxation, while Deep tissue massage treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries.
For anyone sitting in the office for long hours and experiencing strains in your shoulders and your back, especially now with so many people working from home at an ill-fitting workspace.
A regularly exercising person, athlete, or sports person, to reduce lactic acid and maintain muscle health.
People suffering from chronic pain such as Plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow.
Area of focus: Deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of your muscles. It’s used to treat muscle and tendon injuries, pain, and stiffness in your muscle groups and joints.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
- Help Reduce High Blood Pressure.
- Reduce Stress, Anxiety And Muscle Tension.
- Reduce low back pain and muscle spasm.
- Breaks down scar tissue.
- Improve Athletic Recovery And Performance.
- Reduces The Symptoms Of Arthritis
Side Effects and Precautions
Deep tissue massage may not be safe for people with blood clots (e.g. thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis), due to the risk that they may become dislodged.
If you have blood clots or are at risk of forming blood clots, it’s essential that you consult your doctor before getting a deep tissue massage.
If you’ve had recent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or have another medical condition, it’s wise to check with your doctor before starting massage therapy. Some people with osteoporosis should avoid the deeper pressure of this type of massage.
Contra Indications for Deep Tissue Massage
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed or infected skin, skin rashes, unhealed or open wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, fragile bones, or areas of recent fractures. Massage may cause bruising and rarely, hematoma (a localized collection of blood outside of blood cells). NB: thoroughly check contra indication you might have before booking a Treatment.
Deep tissue massage can be a very useful tool for most people to improve their body health and unwind from the pressures and strains of daily life. Your therapist will determine the most beneficial massage for you and suggest a routine that will suit your lifestyle best. We have both male and female therapists available for this service. Massage is a great supplementary treatment for those of us undergoing physiotherapy. Feel free to upgrade your standard relaxing massage to one that improves your muscle health and works out those knots more quickly. Massage is no longer a luxury, but a great way to unwind while getting physical benefits that improve your quality of life.