Deep tissue massage therapy focuses on a specific problem area and uses firm, direct pressure to ease tension by breaking down scar tissue and muscle knots, leaving your body feeling looser. If you think you could benefit from this treatment, keep reading to learn more.
Some people worry about deep tissue massage being painful, but this isn’t the case, and it fact pain will make the massage less effective, as it will cause your muscles to tense up. It’s possible that you will feel discomfort during some parts of the massage as your therapist works on problem areas. However, it shouldn’t be painful, so speak up if this is a problem and your therapist will adjust their technique to prevent further pain.
Injury & Illness
Deep tissue massage therapy is best suited to chronic injuries caused by repetitive strain, such as sports injuries or carpal tunnel, working by realigning tissues and loosening muscles to relieve tension. However, it can also be used to give relief from conditions such as fibromyalgia, by reducing pain and granting an improved range of motion after the treatment.
Precautions & Side Effects
If you have recently had surgery, are pregnant, or have a condition involving blood clots then you should seek the advice of a doctor before having a massage. Additionally, massages shouldn’t be performed over irritated skin or open wounds. After a massage your muscles may feel tender, but if you keep hydrated and do gentle stretches, then this should fade over the remainder of the days, and is worth the increase in overall well-being. A trip to the sauna is a great idea both before and after a massage, as this will soothe and loosen your muscles.
Keep the above in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to a helpful, satisfying massage.