What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is the practice of the massage therapist using firm pressure and slow strokes with knees, elbows, palms, and thumbs to the deep layers of muscles and fascia (connective tissue). The deep tissue massage is designed to focus on problem area that the client has be that areas of chronic pain, sports injuries, arthritis, or other types of injuries. This is accomplished by using the slow deep strokes to break up scar tissue and muscle adhesions (knots).
At Refresh Thai Spa, the deep tissue massage starts with light pressure to warm up the muscles. This can be compared to the petrissage stage of the Swedish massage. Following this the therapist will move onto more focused problem areas of the client using more pressure. Depending on the client and the level of pain, the therapist will increase or decrease the level of pressure applied to ensure the client has a satisfactory session.
What are the benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
The are many benefits to deep tissue massage, including:
Lowering blood pressure and heart rate
Breaking up scar tissue
Making movement easier
Reduces the symptoms of arthritis
Faster recovery of injured muscles
Reduce chronic pain
Help recover from sports injuries
What to expect after a deep tissue massage
After a deep tissue massage it is normal to feel sore the following day. It is important to stay hydrated and to get enough sleep. Both of these things will greatly increase recovery. It is also important to avoid strenuous activity for a day or two following the massage.
Swedish massage vs deep tissue massage
So what is the difference between the two? Swedish massage is more focused on relaxation and reliving tension from muscles and helping you relax and get rid of all that stress. While deep tissue will also help you manage stress it is more focused on helping recover from injuries and targeting areas of pain.