If you are interested in learning more about deep tissue massages, you are in the right place.
What is a deep tissue massage? A deep tissue massage is a type of massage whereby the therapist applies more pressure and intensity to the muscle. It is great for those looking to release tension and painful muscle knots.
Occasionally, a massage therapist may not be able to penetrate the deep layers of muscle and soft tissue in your first appointment. Depending on your unique situation, they may need to modify the message to ensure that you remain comfortable and don’t subconsciously resist kneading.
Deep Tissue Massage Pain
Many people don’t know that muscles have a natural reflex to resist pain. In moments when your muscles believe they are going to be injured, the reflex will be triggered. When receiving a deep tissue massage and pressure is applied to tight muscles, they will naturally resist and tighten further. This is exactly the opposite of what your therapist wants to happen when administering a deep tissue massage. A successful deep tissue massage will leave you with released areas of tension.
Most people like to avoid painful situations when they can. An example of this is going to the dentist. Many people avoid visiting them because they associate exams and oral procedures with pain. This should not be the cause of deep tissue massages. It is important to remember that everyone has a different pain tolerance, which is why your massage therapist will always communicate with you before, during, and after your massage to ensure that you are comfortable and reaping the benefits of the massage.
Deep Tissue Massage Techniques
There are many deep tissue techniques, but the two that we will be highlighting are Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) and myofascial release.
Neuromuscular therapy techniques are all about creating a balance between the central nervous systems, and the muscles, bones, and joints. Myofascial release, on the other hand, is about stretching the connective tissue coverings, which are also referred to as fascia and surround your bones, muscles, and organs. When you have tight fascia, this can lead to pain and restricted joint mobility.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a deep tissue massage. Everyone has different preferences — some people may prefer deeper pressure, while others prefer a much gentler approach By conducting a thorough health history evaluation, your massage therapist can determine the best approach to take to address your unique needs.