How does deep tissue massage work?
Your massage therapist will primarily use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms to release tensions in the body, using both slow strokes and deeper finger pressure.
Massage techniques are tailored to an individual’s needs, but will include:
- Neuromuscular techniques – using pressure and friction to release areas of strain in the muscle or soft tissue.
- Myofascial release – applying gentle, sustained pressure to the connective (myofascial) tissue, with the aim of easing pain and restoring motion.
- Unlocking muscle energy
- Stretching and rehabilitation advice for the home.
- Soft tissue therapy and manipulation
- Trigger point therapy
- Promotion of muscle growth and development
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
A course of treatment can have a number of immediate benefits.
- Increasing blood flow
- Improving Oxygen Delivery
- Reducing muscle tension
- Removal of Lactic Acid
- Reducing fatigue
- Alleviating swelling
- Promoting flexibility
This in turn means that a course of treatment can be used to help treat health conditions such as a stiff neck, upper back and shoulder pain, muscle strain, ligament sprains.
Studies for both the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry have found that deep tissue massage treatments can have a number of benefits for long-term health. A course of deep tissue therapy can help to reduce blood pressure, stress hormone levels and overall heart rate.
It is also useful in the treatment of sports related injuries, as it helps to facilitate muscle healing and relaxation. Deep tissue massage can be a useful way for athletes to avoid incurring injury in the first instance. We also offer sports massage therapy. Differences between deep tissue and sports massages can be found below. Before booking a course of therapy, it’s worth bearing in mind whether it’s the right treatment for you.