Deep tissue therapy is one of the more common massage types being offered by our Registered Massage Therapists at Studio Athletica. While most people seek out massages for relaxation and comfort, a deep tissue massage can offer greater benefits and greatly contribute to a better quality of life. People who could benefit most from deep tissue massage therapy are those who may of suffered significant muscle injuries or chronic conditions.
In an earlier section, you came to understand the benefits of massage therapy, the rubbing of muscles and joints in order to relieve tension which is typically practiced during a swedish massage which utilizes a firm pressure on muscles. Five primary strokes encompass Swedish massage: Long strokes, kneading, vibration, tapping, and deep circular movements. This helps to increase blood flow, ease tension in the muscles, and reduce stress. Alternatively, a deep tissue massage is similar but with specific differences intended to target deeper muscles. With this technique, slower strokes with more force and pressure are applied in order to reach the deeper layers or muscle and tissue.
How It Works
A deep tissue massage is a viable treatment option to promote and speed up the recovery of small or large muscle injuries while also promoting the healing of chronic problems. A deep tissue massage works by targeting deep muscles and tendons, as well as fascia, the protective and connective tissues. The intention is to relax the superficial muscles because as the tension is lessened, it allows the deeper muscles to come into contact and be massaged or manipulated. People who are more susceptible to muscle tension or have sustained injuries in the past are more prone to getting adhesions otherwise known as knots in the muscles. While knots are not all that diabilitating they can disrupt proper blood flow to the area where it exists. Improper blood flow can cause inflammation and restricted movement thus, a deep tissue massage works to break down adhesions and restore blood flow and proper bodily functions.
The Deep tissue massage focuses on three main components:
Enhance Mood And Stress Relief
A deep tissue massage will trigger oxytocin and serotonin in the body, the hormones that produce feelings of happiness and relaxation, an overall mood booster. Hormones related to stress have also shown to decrease after a deep tissue massage as well as during other forms of massages such as a swedish massage. The overall environment of the massage room should evoke feelings of tranquility and peace.
Increase Blood Flow
Massaging the muscles to relieve pressure is a proven way to naturally improve blood flow to the areas that are being massaged. A deep tissue massage is also beneficial for lowering the heart rate and blood pressure directly follow the session.
Assist With Rehabilitation
The moments follow a deep tissue massage can promote a greater range of motion in people, even damaged muscles while the pain associated with some injuries and other chronic conditions will lessen. People who are undergoing rehabilitation will often take this as a window of opportunity to work through their rehabilitation exercises this, encouraging faster healing.
Some major benefits of a deep tissue massage are:
- Lowering High Blood Pressure.
- Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Muscle Tension.
- Breaks Up Scar Tissue.
- Improves Athletic Recovery and Performance.
- Can Help with Labor Pain and Delivery.
- Reduces Arthritis Symptoms.