The strokes used in a deep tissue massage are done in cross-grain strokes. By crossing the grain of the muscles (opposed to going with the grain) the massage will help break up and release toxins and allow blood and oxygen flow through the body.
What Happens During a Deep Tissue Massage?
During a deep tissue massage, the therapist will use their hands, forearms, and elbows in order to release tension and toxins from the deeper levels of the muscle structure. The strokes will have more pressure and be longer in duration. At certain points of the massage, there will be discomfort or pain. This is a normal element to a deep tissue massage, however you should tell your therapist if you feel something outside of your comfort range.
What if I Have Injuries or Other Conditions?
It is important to explain any injuries or conditions prior to the massage so that the area can be treated. A deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. Stressed muscles block nutrients and oxygen from where they need to go. This results in inflammation and toxin build up in your muscles, which causes pain and stress.
What Conditions Benefit from Swedish Massage?
Deep tissue massage triggers the release of oxytoxin and serotonin, which is known to reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation. Classic massage therapy is used mainly for relaxation while a deep tissue massage will focus on specific problems.
Some of these conditions include:
– Chronic pain
– Limited range of motion or mobility
– Muscle tension and spasms
– Injury recovery
– Postural problems
– Repetitive strain injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– and much more
What Should I Expect After My Massage?
As with any massage or body treatment from Body N Balance of Wantagh, Long Island, it is important to drink water and stay properly hydrated in order to assist your body with toxin elimination. It is common for people to experience soreness (similar to soreness from exercise) in the days following. A good way to help recover after your deep tissue massage is to soak in a warm bath with epsom salt. This will help get more of the toxins of your body by drawing them out into the water. Also, your muscles need to relax after the massage so it is important to not plan any strenuous activities within a day of receiving your massage.
Are There Any Precautions to Deep Tissue Massage?
This type of massage can be intense and is not recommended for certain people due to certain conditions such as:
– Infectious skin diseases or open wounds
– Prone to blood clots
– Immediately after surgery or chemotherapy
– Pregnancy (we recommend a pre-natal massage instead)
– The massage should not be done directly over bruises, tumors, hernias, or unhealed wounds.