Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of
the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many
of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally
be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works
to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")
Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt? It shouldn't hurt, but it's likely to be a bit more
uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak
up if the pressure is too much for you. How Fast Will I Get Results With A Deep Tissue
Massage? It's important to be realistic about what one massage can achieve, discuss
this with the therapist.
Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard
enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won't happen. In
fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved
with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways
of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.
Deep Tissue Massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using
slow strokes, direct pressure, or friction usually on a focused problem area. Often
the movements are directed across the grain of the muscles (cross-fiber) using the
fingers, thumbs, or elbows. This is applied with greater pressure and at deeper layers
of the muscle than Swedish massage and that is why it is called deep tissue. Deep
Tissue Massage is a technique used in Sports Massage.
"Deep" doesn't necessarily
mean "hard." With the proper technique, muscles deep in the body can be reached with
a minimum of pressure.