Although its name can sound intimidating and painful, deep tissue massage is an excellent style to treat a variety of bodily aches and pains through a relatively painless method. Deep tissue massage works your muscles free of tension and knots by paying special attention to your body’s deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues.
When you stress your body through repetitive movements or activities, your muscles react by creating kinks and knots of concentrated mass that can cause chronic stiffness and pain. The techniques involved in deep tissue massage include kneading, applied pressure, and circular movements deliberately on areas that are overused and overstressed through cross-grain application to help physically break up the adhesions in the striations of your muscle tissue.
This process can be slightly uncomfortable since the pressure applied can be quite firm. It’s important that you stay in verbal contact with your massage therapist during a deep tissue massage and openly communicate how you are feeling to ensure that the massage stays at a comfortable threshold for you.
Deep tissue massage also is known to help with a wide range of afflictions like limited range of mobility, postural issues, and recurrent muscle spasms. There is also research that suggests that it can help provide relief for osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Additional benefits of this type of massage range from:
- Decreased muscle tension and overall soreness
- Better blood oxygenation and circulation
- Boost in overall mood and emotional well-being
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- More efficient muscle movement
- Reduced stress levels
Chronic muscle tension can inhibit your quality of life but deep tissue massage can provide relief. By focusing on the deepest layer of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia through massage, the daily aches and pains can subside and fade away. Talk to your local massage professional about why deep tissue massage may be the answer you are looking for.