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What is Deep Tissue massage?

Elements Massage Brentwood Feb 11, 2014

What is Deep Tissue massage?

Deep Tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia.  It is similar to Swedish massage in that long, slow strokes are used, but the pressure of each stoke is deeper.  Unlike Swedish massage, which is used for relaxation of the entire body, deep tissue massage focuses on specific problem areas and chronic muscle tension.  It treats the connective tissue of the body rather than the surface muscles.  Deep tissue massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around the body.  The aim of deep tissue massage is not to leave you feeling relaxed and blissful.  Rather, it helps to tackle particular muscular problems to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

Many people mistakenly believe that Deep Tissue massage should hurt, and that the more pressure the therapist applies, the more pain will be relieved from their trouble spots.  This is not necessarily the case.  In reality, Deep Tissue massage should not hurt, though it might be uncomfortable in comparison to Swedish massage.  It is often described as a pain that “feels good.”   Our massage therapists encourage you to say something if the pressure becomes too much to handle, or is a “bad pain” rather than a “good pain”.  It is not uncommon to experience some post massage soreness after a Deep Tissue massage.  This typically passes within a day or two.  It is also important to drink a lot of water after a Deep Tissue massage.  Not properly hydrating following a deep massage could result in additional post massage soreness.  

The following are 3 reasons to choose Deep Tissue massage:

1. You have chronic pain in a particular muscle group.  This is often caused by a long standing issues caused by work conditions, repeated activity, and/or poor posture. Deep Tissue massage can help relieve tension in muscles that have been overcompensating for a prolonged period of time.

2. You have recently performed strenuous activity and are feeling sore.  Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve aches in muscles have been overworked or strained.

3. You have sustained prior injuries that are still bothering you. Deep Tissue massage can help work out muscle tightness and “knots” that has formed as a result of injury.

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