Deep tissue massage therapy isn’t just a massage with deeper strokes or harder pressure. The deep tissue technique uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deep layers of muscles, tendons, and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds muscles) and allow the tissue to adapt to the pressure and thus release it tension and tightness. It’s an effective technique to decrease pain and restore range of motion in tense muscles and joints.
Does it hurt? Everybody is different and has a different pain tolerance. And often tense areas are much more sensitive to touch and pressure, so that treatment there can easily feel more painful than on healthy tissue. So yes, it can cause some discomfort or even pain to release, though the perceived level of pain depends largely on one’s own pain threshold. If you’re bracing yourself against the pain and tense up even more, it would work against the benefits of a massage (muscle relaxation) and makes it harder for the therapist to address the original issue. Communication is therefore essential because the therapist can adjust the pressure and often still achieve the desired effect.
It’s not uncommon to feel a bit sore after a deep tissue treatment but it passes quickly. Gentle stretching and mobility work on the targeted areas can be very helpful in keeping the muscles relaxed and preventing them from tightening again.
A deep tissue massage is a great way to work out areas of soreness and tension and to release discomfort. And like any other massage, it has many other benefits like stress relief, positive impact on blood pressure and heart rate, better night sleep, immune system booster and deep relaxation for body and mind.The benefits of a deep tissue massage are best experienced it you just try it out and experience on your own how good it does. Please reach out for any further question or book your appointment today.