Relieve and Restore with a Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of moderate, more directed pressure to treat the deeper layers including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This treatment works by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions in and around the muscles. The goals are to relieve pain and restore movement.
Your Registered Massage Therapist may use deep tissue massage to help you if you have conditions like:
- Chronic tension
- Muscle spasms
- Sports injuries
- Injuries caused by repetitive motion
- Limited mobility
- Whiplash injuries
- Stiff shoulders
- Sore neck
- Scar tissue
What Is It Like to Get a Deep Tissue Massage?
A deep tissue massage is typically used for major muscle groups, joints, and tendons. This type of massage starts with slow, firm pressure to the surface layers of the muscles to promote relaxation. When you get your first deep tissue massage, your RMT adapts their techniques to your physical condition. Since you are new to this, your therapist will take care to ease you into the treatment as gradually as needed.
As your massage therapist works deeper, they are always mindful of the need to keep you as comfortable as possible. You might feel some discomfort as the therapist works to release adhesions and scar tissue. However, it’s always important to let your Registered Massage Therapist know if you feel pain. They will adjust the massage if appropriate to keep you comfortable and relaxed so that the massage can have its desired effect.
What Are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
In addition to relieving pain and increasing mobility, deep tissue massage has several other important benefits:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress and muscle tension
- Supports athletic performance
- Releases feel-good chemicals in the brain
Is Deep Tissue Massage Right for Me?
Although you may feel confident that what you need is a deep tissue massage, it is always a good idea to consult with a Registered Massage Therapist before you make the final decision. In some cases, another type of massage therapy is better.
Your RMT will assess your overall physical condition and the specific problems you are having before they recommend any type of massage. If there are no contraindications and you have chronic pain or tension, adhesions, scar tissue, or certain other conditions, deep tissue massage might be the best option for you.