Soft Tissue Massage

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What is a Soft Tissue Technique?


Soft tissue massage involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Soft tissue techniques such massage targets your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia. Massage is the best known example of a soft tissue technique.

A soft tissue massage includes a whole range of massage depths, pressures and durations. Your remedial massage therapist is a professional who understands what techniques are right for your body at any given time. Your soft tissue massage aims to alleviate aches, pains and injuries that are attributed to your body’s soft tissues.

Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are two of the better known soft tissue techniques.

Soft Tissue Massage Benefits

A soft tissue massage is a specific type of massage which:

  • aids in relaxing muscles, 
  • increases blood circulation and lymph flow, 
  • improves the healing time of strained ligaments and muscular tissue, 
  • reduces the inflammation of joints and heart rate, 
  • improves range of motion and joint flexibility, 
  • increases endorphins, 
  • strengthens the immune system, 
  • decreases muscle spasms, 
  • improves oxygen flow, and 
  • helps to relieve muscle tension.

Massage Mental Health Benefits

Soft tissue massage also has a wide variety of potential mental health benefits, including the ability to induce a very relaxed state of mind. 

Receiving a wonderful massage can:

  • Release adhesions, improving range of motion.
  • Decrease blood pressure. See Relaxation massage
  • Increase the production of haemoglobin. 
  • Dilate coronary arteries. 
  • Enhance athletic performance, See Sports Massage.
  • Ease stiffness and pain in arthritis sufferers. 
  • Enhance efficiency and problem-solving ability by improving brain alpha-beta wave correspondence. 
  • Protect memory by lowering the stress hormones that attack the hippocampus. 
  • Ease discomforts associated with pregnancy, premenstrual tension and menopause. See Pregnancy massage.
  • Reduce symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

For more advice, please contact your trusted remedial massage therapist.

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