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Deep Tissue Massage: Factors To Consider Before Your Massage

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

If you like pampering yourself, this is the massage for you! Deep tissue massages are great for releasing tension in your muscles and joints without causing damage to them. Deep tissue massage is also a very effective way of relieving stress.

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What is a deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on deeper layers of muscle tissue than other types of massage. It can be a standalone treatment or as an addition to another massage therapy such as Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage techniques help to increase blood flow, which increases oxygen throughout the body. This improves flexibility and range of movement, and it can help with pain relief. During a deep tissue massage, the therapist will use their hands, elbows, forearms, knees, and feet to knead and press into tight areas of the body. The massage may include stretching movements such as rolling, rocking, gliding, sliding and firming.

What does a deep tissue massage do?

The most common benefits of deep tissue massage are improved circulation and increased flexibility. You will feel more relaxed after receiving a deep tissue massage, and you should experience less stiffness and soreness afterward. A deep tissue massage can improve sleep quality by reducing stress levels and improving relaxation. Deep tissue massage can also relieve chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

What happens during a deep tissue massage?

During a deep tissue massage, the therapist will use her thumbs, forefingers, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger to press firmly into the deeper layers of muscle tissue. She might also use her elbow, knee, foot, or hand to stretch out tight spots. The therapist will work from the top down, starting at the scalp and working all the way down to the toes. The therapist may move slowly or quickly depending on their recommendation. Some therapists focus on specific points within the body, while others spend time working across the whole body.

Do deep tissue massages hurt?

Most people enjoy deep tissue massage because they find it relaxing and enjoyable. However, some precautions you need to take before having a deep tissue massage are:

Things to ask before going for a massage

  1. Make sure the massage therapist has completed at least 200 hours of training.

  2. Ask if the massage therapist uses any oils or lotions on the skin.

  3. Check the credentials of the spa where you plan to have the massage. Make sure it is licensed and accredited.

  4. Make sure the massage therapists wear gloves and a facemask when working and ask about the safety procedures in place.

  5. Tell the massage therapist what kind of pressure you prefer. Some people like light pressure while others like firmer pressure.

What is the difference between deep tissue and a Swedish massage?

There are many similarities between deep tissue and Swedish massage, but there are also differences. Both involve kneading and pressing into tight areas of the muscles. In fact, both are often referred to as “deep tissue” massages. They differ in how much time is spent on each area of the body. For example, Swedish massage involves long strokes over large areas of the body, whereas deep tissue massage tends to focus on smaller areas. The main difference between these two styles of massage is that Swedish massage is performed using only the palms of the hands, whereas deep tissue massage uses all five fingers.

How do I know if I need a deep tissue massage?

If you suffer from chronic pain, then you might benefit from a deep tissue massage. Chronic pain is usually caused by inflammation, which occurs when your tissues become irritated and swollen. Inflammation causes pain, stiffness, and tenderness. Deep tissue massage works best for chronic pain because it targets the deepest layer of muscle fibers. As a result, it relieves tension and reduces swelling. Most people who receive deep tissue massages notice improvement within one week.

Is deep tissue massage the same as a Sports Massage?

No, although many people confuse them. Deep tissue massage differs from sports massage because it focuses on specific areas of the body. Sports massage treats injuries and prevents future problems. Sports massage includes techniques such as trigger point release, myofascial release, joint mobilization, and soft tissue work. A sports massage reduces muscle fatigue and promotes healing following strenuous activity. Sports massage typically treats athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, hockey, wrestling, boxing, martial arts, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, rugby, and baseball. It is not recommended for individuals who engage in non-contact sports such as swimming, running, cycling, yoga, dance, and golf.

Can I get a deep tissue massage without having a pre-existing injury?

Yes, but you will be more likely to experience success if you have an injury that needs treatment. You can still get a deep tissue massage if you do not have an injury. However, you may find yourself in pain after receiving this type of massage. This is normal. You should expect some discomfort during and immediately following the session.

A deep tissue massage does cause some discomfort. Although most people feel a little sore or stiff afterward, they often report feeling better than before their massage. Some people feel no pain at all.

What types of injuries can benefit from a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic massage that can be helpful for:

  • Neck Pain and stiff necks

  • Back Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • chronic muscle pain

  • Knee Pain

  • Ankle Pain

  • Leg Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Osteoarthritis pain

  • Sports Injuries

  • Posture Correction

  • Stress Relief

  • Anxiety Relief

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Migraines

  • Headaches

  • Arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Menopause

  • PMS

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Bloating

  • Indigestion

  • Heartburn etc.

Can I get deep tissue massage therapy if I am pregnant?

Yes, but you should discuss this with your doctor first. Pregnant women can experience lower back pain during pregnancy. This type of pain is lumbar-sacral pain syndrome (LSP). LSP is common among pregnant women because their bodies are changing. Your doctor may recommend a deep tissue massage to help relieve the discomfort. However, be careful about receiving deep tissue massages during your third trimester.

A well-trained massage practitioner would know what prenatal massages are safe for both mother and baby.

How long does a deep tissue massage last?

The length of time depends on how many sessions you receive. Most clients who get one session report feeling better within minutes. Clients who get two or three sessions usually notice improvements after about 30 minutes. Those who get four or five sessions typically see results after 45-60 minutes.

Is deep tissue massage safe?

Yes! Although deep tissue massage can cause discomfort for some people, it is very safe. There are no known risks associated with deep tissue massage. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can recommend a qualified practitioner for you.

How much does a deep tissue massage cost?

A typical deep tissue massage costs $100-$200 per hour. Prices vary depending on the type of massage. We have tailored packages to suit your budget and needs.

Where can I get a deep tissue massage?

You can find deep tissue massages in spas, medical clinics, wellness centers, and fitness facilities. They are also available by appointment at most health clubs. Deep tissue massages are becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of the benefits of these treatments.

You can receive a deep tissue massage once every 3-4 weeks. However, if you have been experiencing chronic pain, then you may want to consider getting one more frequently. In fact, you can call us on 470-242-4057 for consultations and bookings. You can also book your deep tissue massage session online. Our massage therapists look forward to serving you.

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