Deep tissue massage involves the application of firm pressure that reaches deep into the body’s tissues. It’s meant to relieve pressure and remove knots that form due to tensed muscles.

This type of massage is ideal for those who are suffering from chronic pain and stiffness in the body. It is commonly administered to the legs, shoulders, neck, and back.

Deep tissue massage can help you regain mobility, recover from injuries, and relieve repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel.

Why does a deep tissue massage hurt?

Deep tissue massages are known to be painful due to the firm pressure applied by the masseuse. Certain strokes are similar to those used in a Swedish massage. At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, light pressure is applied to the skin. It helps to warm up the muscles for the firm pressure ahead.

Moves used in a deep tissue massage

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The process of a deep tissue massage involves stripping—a firm gliding motion along the fibers of the muscle. This move is performed with the help of the elbows, knuckles, and thumbs.

Friction, on the other hand, is the pressure that’s applied across the grain of the muscle. This move helps remove adhesions while also realigning tissue fibers.

Communicate your discomfort to your masseuse

These moves can cause pain or soreness. At certain times in the massage, you will feel some discomfort. Certain areas of our body receive more stress than others, which leads them to be more painful. Make sure you let your masseuse know that you’re in pain. You should not feel pain that’s outside your comfort zone.

Bearing too much pain during a deep tissue massage won’t lead to better results. In fact, letting your body undergo such stress will only make it tense up more. Letting your masseuse know you’re uncomfortable will allow them to reduce the amount of pressure they are applying to the area.

What to do once you have received the massage?

The discomfort and stiffness after a deep tissue massage last around a day or two, after which it should subside. Your masseuse may recommend some icing to the affected area. Icing helps reduce any inflammation within the muscles. It also numbs down the area to help alleviate some of the pain.

How fast will I see results with a deep tissue massage?

One must be realistic about the results they are seeking from such a massage. Clients often ask for more pressure believing it will help them feel better. Applying more pressure doesn’t always warrant that all the knots will be out of your back. You need to keep visiting a masseuse to remove all the built-up tension in your muscles.

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