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Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage, as the name suggests, is digging deep into the rigid muscles and fascia to release the knots formed inside them causing pain and suffering. Different techniques, such as stripping, and friction are used to break down muscles and scar tissues (not as scary as it sounds though!) to relieve the muscles of knots and adhesions formed deep inside them

So, how does the deep tissue massage work ?

With the daily wear and tear or after an injury, certain knots or blockages gets formed in the deep muscle and surrounding fascia, restricting the blood flow to the affected muscles. This blockage causes extreme discomfort, limits movements and causes severe pain. If left unattended, these blockages cause severe inflammation. Deep tissue massage treats the root cause of the problem thus providing long-lasting relief.
A therapist would start with light movements giving enough time to the body and the muscles to warm up. Once the body and muscles are relaxed and responding, the therapist will move ahead with slow but focused strokes. The initial strokes would free out minor adhesions and stiffness surrounding the muscles and then the therapist would start digging deep to find knots. For this, the therapist may use deep pressure either across the length of muscle fibres or across the grain of muscles, these techniques are called stripping and friction, respectively. In deep tissue massaging, the therapist uses forearms, fingertips, knuckles, hands and elbows to work on deep muscles.
During this massage, as the therapist applies concentrated pressure, the fascia responds to it by softening and stretching. The deep pressure restores the rigid muscles by removing knots, allowing better blood flow and flushing out of metabolic waste.

Deep tissue massage works on an array of ailments

  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding
How emotions get affected?

How emotions get affected?

It is scientifically proven that massages boost production of happiness hormones, serotonin. With deep tissue massage, many have experienced a sudden surge of emotions; the trigger being touch and increased blood flow. It is completely normal, and therapists are trained to provide space and remain non-judgemental during an emotional episode.

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt? How about the bruises?

Unlike other massage, in deep tissue massage, pressure is more concentrated and hand movements are slow, making you feel every touch. However, this does not state that deep tissue massage is awfully painful. Only the points where knots are difficult to come by you may feel some discomfort. Pain isn’t a sign of effectiveness. It is important to communicate your pain or discomfort to the therapist. You may feel sore for a day or two like the first workout sore, but if you feel it isn’t fading away, then talk to your therapist.
Bruises are not normal. Usually bruising happens when the therapist is inexperienced, or your skin is prone to bruising. If the therapist uses fast strokes going deeper than needed, then you might end up bruised. Applying ice pack at regular interval can fix the issue. Moreover, if your skin is vulnerable to bruising, inform the therapist so that extra care is taken.
Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
After care

After care

Sticking to after care instructions is crucial in the recovery process. Drinking plenty of water, taking ample rest and applying ice packs contribute greatly to the reviving process. Take a day off from gym too. You may do some light yoga or swimming if you feel like, but nothing exhausting.
Deep tissue massage is highly effective in pain relief, however, only multiple sessions can eventually erase scar tissue in the body.

To experience the best deep tissue massage, book your appointment today.