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  • Writer's pictureChristie Mutti

A Deep Dive on Deep Tissue

Most of us are familiar with the idea of a massage, but do you know the difference between the different types of massage?

That’s right — not all massages are created equal. If you’re looking for a top-quality massage that will make a real difference in how you feel, it’s time to learn about the benefits of deep tissue massage.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage is a type of massage that increases blood flow, releases tension in soft tissue, and stimulates the inner layers of muscles and connective tissue for relaxation.

In particular, in order to stimulate the muscles and tissue, slow strokes are used throughout your massage, allowing pressure to be applied at each point for extended periods of time.

So, does deep tissue massage work?

Well, because of this technique of slow, deep strokes, deep tissue massage absolutely works! It helps to break up scar tissue, which is what forms when you have an injury and tense muscles. As scar tissue breaks up, tension and muscle soreness goes down — hello, relief!

What To Expect During Your Deep Tissue Massage

If the sound of reduced muscle tension and soreness sounds good, you might be wondering what you can expect during your deep tissue massage.

For starters, deep tissue massage probably won’t differ too much from your standard idea of a massage.

You will lie on a table, face-down so that your massage therapist can work on different parts of your body. You will discuss with your therapist prior to your massage what areas of your body require attention.

Perhaps you’re struggling with the muscles in your neck from sitting at a desk all day, or maybe you’re having issues with your legs because of a sports injury. Whatever the case, those slow, deep strokes discussed above will be applied.

Keep in mind, your massage therapist will start with a lighter touch. After your muscles have gotten used to the touch, the pressure will increase. Say goodbye to muscle tension and soreness.

The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

These are some of the benefits you can expect to experience after your massage:

  • Reduced chronic pain and inflammation

  • Improved muscles stiffness

  • Assistance with high blood pressure

  • Management for fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, and sports injuries

  • Mental relaxation

What Makes Deep Tissue Massage Different Than Other Massage Types?

Most other types of therapeutic massage don’t compare when it comes to the relief from tension you’ll find after a deep tissue massage. This is because the amount of pressure that is applied during a deep tissue massage is considerably more intense than your standard massage. While this may not always be comfortable during the actual massage itself, the relief from tension after your massage will make that pressure more than worth it.

In particular, the Swedish massage is probably the most similar in style to deep tissue massage, and even still, a Swedish massage doesn’t reach the level of pressure you’ll receive during deep tissue.

Additionally, with deep tissue, you’ll find that the inner layers of your muscles are stimulated — while in comparison, during a Swedish massage, superficial muscles are targeted.

Bottom line: deep tissue massage is wonderful for those who are seeking relief from chronic pain and sports injuries, while other forms of massage like Swedish massage are more-so about general relaxation and wellness.

Ready To Book Your Deep Tissue Massage?

So, have we convinced you that booking a deep tissue massage is worth it?

If the sound of relaxed muscles, reduced tension, and a little treat yourself moment all sounds good to you, we highly recommend booking your deep tissue massage with Refresh Health and Wellness today. Your muscles will thank you.

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