Deep Tissue Massage

Article by Jodie Woulfe

Deep Tissue Massage

deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. 

Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as lighter styles eg Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots.

A quality deep-tissue massage helps to:

  • loosen muscle tissues, 
  • release toxins from muscles, and
  • get blood and oxygen circulating properly.

Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

It shouldn't hurt, but it's likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a lighter style Swedish massage especially if you have some large chronic knots.

How Fast Will I Get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage?

Most people report unbelievable relief immediately after their very first deep tissue style massage. It is normal to feel mildly bruised in the 1-3 days following a deep tissue massage, due to the lactic acid being flushed out of the congested tissues.

I suppose it’s a bit like the soreness you can experience when you first start back into exercise and slightly overdo it. After that things will normally only get better... and you’ll feel much looser, rejuvenated and energetic.

What Can Help to Reduce Soreness?

It’s always hard to gauge just how firm your first deep tissue massage should be, so keep your massage therapist informed if you feel it is too much or too little.

It's important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don't, you’re more likely to be sore the next day.

How Deep Should Your Massage Be?

It's important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won't happen.

In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage to retain your muscle tension habits.

At PhysioWorks, we have several remedial massage therapists who specialise in deep tissue techniques. If you'd like more information please call us to discuss your condition.

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  • Last updated 20-Aug-2016 09:36 PM

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