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What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage aims to decrease muscle tension, improve recovery times and relax muscular tissues. A Massage Therapist applies sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layer of muscles and aims to change and break down scar tissue and adhesions. Post-injury, massage can reduce tension, and inflammation in muscle tissues. A Massage Therapist performs soft tissue techniques, stretching techniques, and passive articulation of joints to increase the mobility and flexibility of muscles.

Furthermore, prior to conducting treatment, the therapist performs a full consultation and assessment with the client which includes observation, palpation, active movements, passive movement, and special tests to find specific areas to work on and which techniques to utilize on these areas.

What are the benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage aids in the prevention of sports injuries as well as increasing athletes’ fitness potential and capabilities. This occurs through an increase in blood flow to the treated areas, reducing inflammation and soreness. Thus, promoting faster healing of injuries. Psychological benefits received from massage include increased happy hormones like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine around the body. These hormones increase one’s sense of well-being, reduce anxiety and decrease stress level.

In 2014 a study showed that a deep tissue massage can be as effective as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen for relieving chronic low back pain. 

Massage can also help to:

  • Break down adhesions of tissues which can cause tightness and stiffness in areas
  • Improve suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints
  • Increase fitness potential and capabilities
  • Helps clear out waste and toxins
  • Enables faster healing
  • Help prevent injury
  • Help in the rehabilitation process
  • Sport injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow

Does a Deep Tissue Massage hurt?

Muscular soreness and tenderness can occur during a deep tissue massage if someone hasn’t had a massage for a long time or if it is someone’s first time having one. This is the result of muscles not being used to mobilisation with deep pressure. The therapist will communicate with the client throughout the massage session, gathering feedback on the correct level of pressure that the client is comfortable with.

After a massage, muscles may feel like they had a physical workout. So, the soreness usually improves over the next few days. In the 24-48hours post-massage, this soreness should improve, your muscles will feel more relaxed and flexible. The more often you have a massage, the less soreness you will experience and you will only have a positive reaction.

What to do after a Deep Tissue Massage?

Drink Water: During your massage, blood flow will have increased to the treated tissues. It is important to keep hydrated as this increases blood flow and flushes away any toxins and inflammatory mediators.

Stretch: Muscular tissue becomes more mobile after massage and gentle stretching can help maintain the benefits of the treatment.

Relax: Have a hot bath or shower to relax your body. Try some meditation to relax your mind. All of this helps you to maximise the benefits of your treatment.

Swedish Massage Vs Deep Tissue.

The primary difference between deep tissue massage and Swedish massage is the level of pressure involved. Swedish massage is a gentler form of massage using palms and fingers to knead and manipulate muscular tissues.  Swedish massage targets the superficial layers of muscles and focuses on the tension areas such as the neck, shoulders, and back. If you prefer relaxation, relief from tense and tight muscles, we would recommend that you chose a Swedish massage. 

Deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of muscles and tendons injuries to alleviate pain and stiffness in the major muscle groups and joints. This involves lighter pressure at the beginning to warm up the muscles and tissues and then the therapists perform deep pressure with their elbow and forearm. This type of massage treats chronic pain and muscles and sports-related injuries which enhances the prevention of sports injuries helps in the rehabilitation of injuries, reduces recovery times, and helps to prepare for and recover from sporting events. 

How much does a Massage Cost?

60-minute Massage: £70
45-minute Massage: £55
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