Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as lighter styles eg 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.
A quality deep-tissue massage helps to:
- loosen muscle tissues,
- release toxins from muscles, and
- get blood and oxygen circulating properly.
Does It Hurt?
A little, but it's likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a lighter style Swedish massage especially if you have some large chronic knots. Make sure you communicate with your therapist! It’s always hard to gauge just how firm your first deep tissue massage should be, so keep your massage therapist informed if you feel it is too much or too little.
It's important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don't, you’re more likely to be sore the next day.
How fast will I get results?
It's not unlike the soreness you experience when you return to exercise!. After that things will normally only get better... and you’ll feel much looser, rejuvenated and energetic.
How deep should your massage be?
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 to retain your muscle tension habits.