With many clients working out in the gym, running, or who have jobs that cause back and neck pain, there is a constant requirement for a deep, remedial massage which centres attention on the deeper levels of muscle tissue. Some clients simply prefer a deep massage and can tolerate deeper work; using the heel of the hand, the therapist will increase the pressure of the massage also incorporating their forearms and elbows to reach resistant areas of tension in the muscles and connective tissue.
Focusing attention on the areas of the body currently causing aches and pains in order to relieve the discomfort. The Deep Tissue Massage locates muscle knots and triggers making it ideal for those looking for a sports massage and by increasing blood circulation can help in the healing of damaged soft tissues.
(Please note that the Deep Tissue and sports massage is charged at a higher rate than other massages due to the extra care and effort required from our massage therapists need more energy please understand)
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Deep Tissue Massage FAQs
Anyone looking for a good deep tissue therapist is advised to do a little research to find which practitioner or salon has the best reputation in your area. Checking reviews is an excellent way to discover which to choose. Be ready to declare your medical conditions, if any, and the medication you are on before your massage begins on the Treatment Form. You can take a warm shower before your massage starts if you wish to loosen up the muscles, or your treatment therapist will ensure you are warm and relaxed with a preliminary muscle rub before she begins working deeper. Always drink plenty of water.
It is perfectly normal after a deep tissue massage to feel a little sore, after all massage can be seen as a form of passive exercise and the muscles are working, or rather being worked. The feeling is one that can be compared to that felt after a healthy walk in the countryside and it should just fade away in the next couple of days. The slight discomfort is the result of the therapist having applied pressure in order to break up tension within the muscle,as well as adhesions and scar tissue that can often be found in deeper musculature.
Many people regard as deep tissue massage as part of a monthly wellbeing regime, comparing it to the type of regular maintenance that should be done to any mechanism, especially one as precious as the human body. In such cases once a month is ideal, this helps the body repair the minor strains and pains that result from work, sport or day to day life.
A deep tissue massage session almost certainly benefits the majority of people and once a month is average for most people. If you have particular issues with injury or persistent pain then the frequency of massage sessions will need to be increased. Those that are regular practitioners of any sport, whether they may be amateur or professional will know that deep tissue massage is particularly valuable to them, either pre-event, when they are in training, or during recovery - post event. The number of sessions can be discussed with the therapist regarding the frequency most pertinent to your individual level and situation.
It is worth remembering that pain does not have to be considered as therapeutic during a massage, but alternatively, not every deep tissue therapeutic massage is painless. A deep tissue massage may result in the client feeling some pain at times in order to produce the desired end result, but the client at any point can tell the practitioner that for them, the pressure is too intense. No one can accurately gauge the intensity of pressure that is acceptable to each client and so a rapport needs to be established between therapist and client so that they can both find an acceptable level of pressure whilst still getting the job done.
The communication between the therapist and the client should always be constant throughout a deep tissue massage, if the client is feeling pain, the muscles tense up and the therapy is not effective. Discussing pressure is essential and can be varied upon client request throughout the whole session. The deep strokes and pressure are alleviating the tension, or adhesions, of the muscles and as these inconsistencies are normalised within the tissues there may be some discomfort. The term “good pain” is sometimes used to describe this.
Massage treatments are very safe, but it is essential that if you have any medical conditions you declare them, plus any medication that you are receiving on the treatment form before your massage begins. If in any doubt about whether it would be wise for you to have a deep tissue massage, the client must consult their GP beforehand and follow his recommendations. At Manchester Massage we sometimes request our clients with specific medical challenges to consult their doctor before we go ahead. We are always working to ensure your health and wellbeing.
A deep tissue massage works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. In some ways it is not dissimilar to a Swedish massage, but the deep tissue massage makes slower and firmer strokes and increased pressure.The therapist uses deep finger pressure that focusses on specific areas with movements that go along or across the muscle and tendon fibres. This massage therapy is found to be particularly effective on clients who suffer from muscular pain. As the muscles are subjected to this deep pressure there is an increase in the blood flow which brings more oxygen to the area, aiding healing and enables the muscles to relax and restore.