Deep tissue massage is, in contrast to relaxation massage, focused on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, lower back tightness, and sore shoulders. Through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles, the body will be invited to release tension.
One of the benefits of a deep tissue massage is the increased blood flow it causes. Because of direct pressure on the muscles and tissues, the blood circulation increases throughout your whole body. As a result, increased blood flow boosts the oxygen supply to all of the tissues. With more oxygen circulating in the blood, toxins such as lactic acid are removed from your muscles at a higher rate.
Another important benefit of deep tissue massage is stress relief. The forceful and firm pressure relaxes the body and ultimately relieve tension. Flushing out toxins also helps to put the body and the mind into a more relaxed state, and to produces positive-minded hormones. This can more easily lead to physical relaxation.
Deep tissue massage may cause some soreness during or right after the massage if you are not used to get massage on a regular basis. This is totally normal; your body has to get used to the pressure and release of tension. Just like an intensive sports work-out your muscles may feel a little bit sore a day after the massage. It’s important to drink enough water and to move regularly to help the muscles to clean up the waste.
If you are someone who has a busy work life, who travels a lot, or who has tension in some body parts, a monthly or even bi-monthly deep tissue massage can do wonders for your long-term relaxation and mood.