Anew You Massage: The Ultimate Wellness Spa
A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to focus on a specific problem or injury and reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas, to break up scar tissue, "knots" or adhesions and realign muscle fibers, muscle tension, for tightness and soreness, repetitive strain injury, postural problems and limited mobility, and much more on areas such as a stiff neck, shoulders, back, legs, glutes, wrists, arms, feet, etc.
People ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain and fibromyalgia pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine, and over-the-counter drugs.
People often notice an improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
If you are interested in a massage to prevent sports injury, address sport-specific concerns, or to help with muscle recovery after sports, consider getting a sports massage.
Parts of deep tissue massage may seem similar to a stronger version of a Swedish massage, but they are completely different techniques. In deep tissue, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles.
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.
After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, although it should subside within a day or so, so consider
drinking adequate amounts of water to help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.