A deep tissue massage uses higher levels of pressure than Swedish or typical relaxation massages in order to penetrate deep into the muscles and soft tissues. This allows areas that are not usually manipulated to relax, and as a result relieve chronic pain.
Deep tissue massages cover all areas of the body unlike the more specific remedial massage.
A deep tissue massage can benefit a variety of people with a wide range of aches and pains. The list of conditions that can be effectively treated is extensive. Some of these conditions are;
This is different for each individual and depends on what issues they are trying to relieve. If for instance, you are in chronic pain which is alleviated by this type of massage then it can be beneficial to have a massage each week. Of course, this may vary based on the type of injury you are suffering from.
If you are aiming to increase athletic performance, then your training schedule will influence when it will be best to have a deep tissue massage. This is worth discussing with both your coach and your massage therapist to design the best plan for you.
In most cases, there are no specific requirements or actions which must be carried out prior to a deep tissue massage. There are however, a few things we recommend to ensure you get the best massage experience possible.
Do not eat a large meal or drink large amounts of liquid in the run-up to your massage. This is simply because the pressure levels used from the manipulations may cause discomfort on a full stomach. In direct contrast there is no need to starve or dehydrate yourself.
The more relaxed you can be during the massage the better. If your body is tensed up or stressed then this can reduce the effectiveness of the massage. To ensure this, it’s best to try and leave plenty of time prior to the massage where possible.
After a massage it is important to rehydrate. A massage will increase the circulation of blood which, in turn, makes your body use water at a faster rate. Drinking plenty of water to replenish this is important in the next 24 hours before you carry out any training or event.
Relaxing the body and taking a break from intensive training is also advisable for the 24 hours after the massage. Again this is worth discussing with your massage therapist. While training will not likely do any harm, ensuring you have a good amount of recovery time will make sure you gain the greatest benefit from the massage.
As with sports massages, deep tissue massages use high levels of pressure to make sure the manipulation of the muscles reaches the intended targets. This can cause some discomfort, particularly if you have any injuries. However, this is usually a quick pain that does not last long.
If your deep tissue massage is causing you too much discomfort, then do let your massage therapist know so they can adjust where needed.
We have an amazing team who will be able to tailor your massage and treatment specifically to you and your needs. Awarded “Physio & Wellbeing Clinic of the Year” for 2023, Comfort Health gained this award due to our therapist’s ability to “go over and above for your clients” and our “personal nature”.
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