Deep tissue massage is more than just a ‘hard’ massage. In contrast to just relaxing muscles, the specific lengthening of muscles and tendons offers many benefits such as freer joint movement, relief for injuries, better posture and feelings of well being.
This type of massage allows the therapist to find ‘trigger points’ which are areas of hyper irritability found in a taut band of muscle. Trigger points will become active and refer pain to other parts of the body, i.e. triggers points in the shoulders or neck can refer to the head and may be the cause of your tension headache. This type of massage is very beneficial for sport enthusiasts as it will elongate shortened muscles, increase the rate of tissue healing and decrease muscle soreness.
Why get a Deep Tissue Massage?
It feels good and it is beneficial to your health. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it’s important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.
What is the purpose of Deep Tissue Massage?
The purpose is to “unstick” the fibers of a muscle while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.