Deep Tissue differs from deep pressure massage in several ways.
Deep pressure is able to be sustained though the full session and is used in warming up and prepping the muscles for deep tissue. Deep pressure will open the two first layers of muscle tissue allowing general aches and pains to be eliminated. Deep pressure is good for loosening up “recent” built up muscle tension, form a hard work week or a bad nights sleep. The five Swedish massage techniques are employed; effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), Tapotement (rhythmic tapping), Friction (cross fiber) and vibrations (either shaking or rocking). The pressure range is from light to deep. Clients are able to relax and will not feel pain due to pressure unless a more intense issue; knot, trigger point, bruise, or fatigue/swelling, is present.
Deep Tissue massage is modality separate from Swedish massage and is for specific issues which cause chronic pain, or limit range of motion. Deep Tissue focus on one or two muscle groups in order to retain the muscles at the root problem and is not sustained for the full massage. Deep Tissue is good for breaking up scar tissue and holding patterns such as frozen shoulder syndrome. Deep Tissue uses cross-fibering and deep muscle stripping and three phase compression to break up knots and adhesion’s. Clients can experience some discomfort and pain during deep tissue massage, as pain spindles start working again, nerves are release from being compressed and adhesion’s are broken up. Pain experienced should never be above a 51/2 on your pain scale of 1-10 (1= able to feel the pressure, 10= bruising pain) and you should have open lines of communication with your massage therapist.
Specific after care for Deep tissue should be follow, 1Gallon of Water within the 24 hours of your massage (before, immediately after and the rest of the day) a heating pad for 15-20 min and a mild anti inflammatory such as ibuprofen can help with the after session pain; you should never need more than your average dose to make it though the next day. The after effects of Deep tissue can effect you for up to 3 days, the first day after your session will be the most sensitive with the effects tapering off by the third day. If the effects are sever such as feeling like you are unable to lift or move your limbs, achy all over or nauseous the next day, your body is having a hard time flushing the toxins, that have been reintroduced to your system, from your body due to dehydration. Make sure you are drinking enough water and are getting enough electrolytes (vitamins) to help strengthen your immune system while you flush the junk that’s been laying dormant in fat and muscle tissue.