Deep tissue massage is one of the most sought-after massage therapy techniques. Many massage practitioners choose to use deep tissue massage because of the energizing and healing effects it provides to their patients. Deep tissue massage addresses your muscles and connective tissue in ways that help restore proper muscle tone and balance. With this directed attention to connective tissue and muscles, deep tissue massage promotes healing and relaxation in areas of chronic or acute pain and tension.
Deep tissue massage has been used by practitioners for years to ensure that your high-stress areas relax, that chronic pain and tension dissipate and you feel normal once again. In most cases, these areas of chronic pain and tension will feel better than they ever have before.
Excess chronic pain and tension commonly show up in the upper and lower back, in the neck region and in the muscles in your legs. Those who lead more active lives and/or engage in heavy physical activity are prone to experience pain in these areas. Similarly, people who are more sedentary (i.e., at desk jobs) may develop tight and irritating muscles. Deep tissue massage may be one answer to resolving your pain.
During a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist may use a variety of different methods to ease the pain and tension in your muscles and soft tissues. Your therapist typically uses a combination of their knuckles, elbows, forearms and fingertips.
When you go in for a deep tissue massage you can expect a whole lot of kneading, squeezing, rolling and/or tapping. Pressure usually starts off lightly, and is gradually increased as tight tissues begin to release. Direct pressure focused on your affected areas causes your muscles to return to normal tone and and provides greater mobility and ease.
As with any massage, make sure to drink plenty of water before and after the massage. This is especially important after the session as it helps flush out many of the metabolic wastes that come from the tissues and your treatment. Depending on the clinic you visit, treatments usually last 1 to 1-1/2 hours.