You often don’t think about your muscles until you feel a sharp pain radiate from them or you wake up feeling stiff and sore. Your muscles, though, are active living tissues that need to be cared for and maintained on a routine basis to ensure overall health and wellness.
When the health of your muscles is compromised by physical or mental tension and stress, it can be beneficial to dig deep into the core of the muscular structure to heal and recuperate this living part of your body. The premise of deep tissue massage therapy does just that by getting beyond the surface of tense, sore muscles and focusing on healing the underlying layers that may be causing your pain and discomfort.
Peeling Away Tension Keeps the Knots Away
If you work in front of a computer all day, have an active job or engage in regular physical activities, you have more than likely experienced muscle knots, tension and discomfort. As muscle tension piles up in your body from daily wear and tear, you can quickly suffer from physical and mental pain.
Deep tissue massage can help alleviate intense muscle tension and knots by getting down deeper into the muscle to release trapped tension and working the muscles back into a good state of flexibility, elasticity and optimal performance potential.
Going Deep Doesn’t Mean Bringing on the Pain
Deep tissue can get a bad reputation of being a painful type of massage where the therapist digs into your muscles with sharp, pointy elbows while applying an uncomfortable amount of pressure. While this type of massage can be deeper and more intense than other modalities, a good deep tissue massage shouldn’t be painful or leave you feeling really sore.
To start getting to the deep level of massage, the therapist builds into it slowly by starting their massage strokes with their hands, fingers, thumbs and knuckles before using their forearms and elbows. It is important to warm up the muscles first and then move into a deeper level of work that is dependent on each person’s preferred pressure level.
Benefits Abound for Everyone
From high-stress executives to marathon runners, deep tissue can be beneficial for unwinding and healing tight muscles, as well as diffusing high levels of stress. Active people, in particular, can have a lot of tension in their lower back area, as well as their hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. By using deep tissue massage techniques in the glute area, you can unlock a lot of the pain and tension from the lower back, as well as throughout the legs.
Deep tissue also is a great approach for doing focus work on the neck and shoulder areas, which are popular places for tension and stress to build up for office workers. Deep tissue can help break up the tension and heal muscle strain associated with sitting at a desk and working long hours in front of a computer.
Give your muscles the deep treatment they deserve with a deep tissue massage therapy session. Whether you choose to alternate deep work with a more relaxing Swedish session or you focus on deep tissue to heal a recurring condition, this massage technique can help you feel a new sense of reinvigorating relief both physically and mentally.