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5 Quick Tips About Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially useful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

5 Quick Tips About Deep Tissue Massage

This modality can be quite intense since the therapist applies deep finger pressure in order to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue. While it is not necessarily painful like some other types of therapeutic bodywork (such as Thai Massage ), it does require some degree of physical exertion on the part of both practitioner and client.


Accordingly, many people prefer to simply call this type of work "deep tissue massage" instead of its more formal name: "Deep Tissue Massage Therapy ." However you refer to it, the following are five quick tips about this type of therapy that may make your next deep tissue massage session more beneficial and enjoyable.


1. Breathe Deeply

While many types of bodywork can be very relaxing and stress relieving, deep tissue massage tends to be a bit more physical than other therapies such as Swedish Massage. Instead of focusing on pressure points or tight muscles like acupressure or shiatsu, the therapist is actually working hard to release tension in deeper layers of tissue by applying sustained pressure with their hands, elbows, forearms, and even feet (depending on the length and strength of their limbs). Because of this increased exertion on the part of both client and therapist alike, breathing becomes an all-important tool for staying comfortable and keeping a clear mind.


2. Communicate Clearly

At the risk of stating the obvious, it really can't be said enough how important it is to let your therapist know if you are experiencing any discomfort so that they may adjust their pressure accordingly. Even though you may feel tempted to tough it out in order to get the most from this therapy, your well-being should always take precedence over the success of your session. That being said, therapists who work with deep tissue massage will appreciate clear communication more than anything else if they are to provide you with their best efforts during treatment.


3. Expect Pain - And Probably Some More After It

As stated earlier, deep tissue massage is not necessarily painful in the same sense that Thai Massage is, but it can be quite uncomfortable (for some people). Don't let this alarm you though. While the therapist may not necessarily speak in terms of pressure levels as they do in Swedish Massage, rest assured that their interpretation of your body is likely very accurate. With time and continued treatment, many people experience less pain over longer periods of time while experiencing a greater range of motion with far more ease than before they began regular sessions.


4. Finish With A Positive Review

As mentioned earlier, most therapists are more concerned about clear communication than anything else when it comes to providing a good session of deep tissue massage. So if you find yourself struggling with chronic muscular tightness or discomfort, consider reaching out to a professional for help. Be prepared to work hard, but expect your efforts to pay off over time. Many people have found that regular sessions of deep tissue massage can benefit them in a wide variety of ways whether they are suffering from chronic pain or just want to learn how to relax more readily when under stress.


5. Keep Going Back For More

As with many types of bodywork, the benefits of deep tissue massage tend to accumulate over time the more frequently you receive treatment. In fact, it is not uncommon for therapists who practice this type of therapy regularly to find that their clients begin coming back on a weekly basis before long, especially if they experience relief from even a single session. If you feel like your life could use some improvement in the area of relaxation and mental clarity, don't hesitate to contact a qualified therapist for assistance.


If you’re looking to experience the benefits of deep tissue massage for yourself, be sure to keep these five tips in mind. And if you’re looking for a great place to get started, give us a call today. We would be happy to help you book an appointment and answer any questions you may have about this type of massage therapy. Thanks for reading!

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