Deep Tissue is a massage technique that involves applying firm pressure to reach deeper layers of muscle. It is mainly helpful for recovering any contracted muscles such as stiff neck and sore shoulders. It aids in relieving chronic pain in the neck, back, and legs.
Deep Tissue massage is used to break up scar tissue and physically break down any knots in the muscles, that can disrupt circulation and cause pain. At the beginning of the massage, light pressure is applied to warm up the muscles. Once the muscles are prepped, different techniques involving deep gliding pressure and opposing friction pressure are applied.
Massage therapists may use their fingertips, knuckles, hands, forearms, and elbows during a deep tissue massage. In comparison to the Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage uses higher pressure and higher tension, while targeting the inner layers of muscles. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist if you feel any pain or discomfort. Drinking water after the massage can help in disposing metabolic waste from the body.
Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses on specific problems such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Sports injuries
- Low back pain
- Postural problems
- Limited Mobility
- Muscle tensions in the tendons, legs, quadriceps and upper back
- Repetitive strain injury, like the carpal tunnel syndrome
- Osteoarthritis pain
Deep Tissue massage is better suited for people who engage in highly physical activities or those who have chronic injury or pain. If you are having a low pain threshold and are looking for relief, Swedish massage is gentler and might be the better option. Speak to your doctor before having a Deep Tissue massage if you have any underlying medical conditions.