What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage can hurt, but communication is the key during massage. Many clients have grown accustomed to living with their pain, so when your licensed massage therapist asks about areas that require attention, you may not immediately realize there is pain. Typically, a massage is firm, and is full body, but when a particular area is identified, additional pressure or strokes may be required to release the tension locally. You should discuss your goals and concerns with your massage therapist before, and during the massage, if there is pain beyond minor discomfort. Of course, "pain" is a subjective term, and we all have differing levels of pain tolerance. As such, your massage therapist typically starts at a default level, and moderates the pressure according to your feedback, both verbal and non-verbal. Never be afraid to speak up if you need to do so.
Techniques of Deep Tissue Massage
Some techniques that may be incorporated during a Deep Tissue Massage may include using elbows, knuckles, deep hand pressure, and leverage. Additionally, your licensed massage therapist may incorporate stretching and Muscle Energy Techniques, and Myofascial release. Myofascial Release includes holding deep pressure on a particular area and allowing the fascial layer to unwind. It is a very slow and deliberate application of pressure.
Benefits of Deep Tissue MassageAgain, according to Cathy Wong, "Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Ostearthritis pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- After a workout or bodybuilding
Further Reading:About Health, Updated December 19, 2014, http://altmedicine.about.com/od/massage/a/massage.htmWikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage