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Used to treat chronic aches and pains, deep tissue massage is a popular form of massage therapy. Targeting areas of tension by applying levels of pressure to the muscles and fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles.

Unlike traditional massage which is meant to provide calm and relaxation, deep tissue massage supports joint restrictions, knots, and adhesions in muscle and fascia. If you have a moderate level of pain tolerance, a deep tissue massage might be a good option for you. 

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What is a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue as a result of an injury and reduce muscle and tissue tension.


Increased blood flow and reduced inflammation can be promoted by this style of massage therapy for faster healing.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. This form of massage therapy helps to treat muscle pain and decrease stiffness. It can also help you to relax and mentally unwind as an added benefit.

It's been reported that deep tissue massage can also help treat:

What can you expect during a deep tissue massage?

Before you lay down on the table for your deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will discuss with you the problem areas you want to focus on and ask questions to better understand what's going on. A deep tissue massage doesn't have to be your entire body either. Depending on your issues discussed with your therapist they might only focus on a specific area.

Starting with a lighter touch the therapist will work to warm up your muscles. Once you’re warmed up, they’ll begin using deep kneading and stroking with varying amounts of intense pressure. At any point you can let your therapist know the level of pressure is either too much or not enough and they will adjust accordingly.

What are the side effects from a deep tissue massage?

It’s not unusual to experience some soreness following a deep tissue massage. A heating pad or a cold pack may provide some relief along with taking Tylenol or Advil.

If you have any of these predisposed conditions please speak with your doctor before getting your massage. More importantly, make sure to let your therapist know in advance.

You might also notice some mild bruising which can happen due to the pressure level of the massage. The bruising should heal within a few days. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day to help your muscles recover from your deep tissue massage.

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