Are you considering getting a deep tissue massage but not sure whether it’s the right massage? In this article, we explain what a deep tissue massage is, its purpose, and what to do or not after the massage.
What is deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues.
This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in muscle and tissue. By increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation, deep tissue massage also promotes faster healing.
How different is deep tissue massage from Swedish massage?
Here are the key differences between deep tissue massage and Swedish massage:
- Intended use. Deep tissue massage is primarily used to treat chronic pain, muscle, and sports-related injuries. Swedish massage is mainly used to promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension caused by everyday activities.
- Pressure. Swedish massage is gentler and requires far less pressure than deep tissue massage. Both types involve the use of the palms and fingers to knead and manipulate your tissues. but To apply increased pressure during a deep tissue massage, the elbows and forearms may also be used.
- Area of focus. Deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of your muscles. It’s used to treat muscle and tendon injuries, pain, and stiffness in your major muscle groups and joints. Swedish massage targets the superficial layers of muscle and focuses on the parts of your body that tend to hold the most tension, such as your neck, shoulders, and back.
What should I expect during a deep tissue massage?
Before offering you a deep tissue massage, I will want to know your age, your health condition, and your problem areas. This is because deep tissue is not suitable for pregnant women, people with osteoporosis, or people at risk of forming blood clots.
Once ready, I will ask you to lie on your back or stomach, under a sheet. The massage can involve your entire body or just focus on one area. Your level of undressing is based on your comfort, but the area being worked on will need to be exposed. I will warm up your muscles using a lighter touch. Once you’re warmed up, I’ll start working on your problem areas. I”ll use deep kneading and stroking with varying amounts of intense pressure.
Check out this video on my YouTube channel about what to expect during a deep tissue massage therapy session
Important factors to consider before getting a deep tissue massage
When you need a deep tissue massage, it’s important to work with a qualified massage therapist. As you sort through potential massage therapists, keep a few things in mind:
- Area of specialization. Not all massage therapists are trained for or specialize in deep tissue massage. Be sure to ask the therapist if they have been trained to offer deep tissue massage and what muscle-skeletal conditions they have experience treating.
- Cost. Ask about the cost per session and whether they offer cost-saving incentives, such as offers and discount days, loyalty programs. Just so you know, the code NEO10 gives you a 10% off on your first appointment with us.
- Credentials. Ask for credentials, check the reviews and ratings, and make sure that the therapist is certified and licensed to practice massage therapy.
What should I do/not do after a deep tissue massage?
There are certain things you can do after a massage to help you reap the most benefits. After your appointment, remember to:
- Drink a lot of water to rehydrate — it helps to remove any metabolic wastes which accumulate while your muscles were being worked on.
- Avoid working out immediately after a deep tissue massage. Getting a deep tissue massage is similar to a hard workout and your muscles need time to recover. You should wait for 12 – 24 hours before hard exercise to allow your body to heal and recover.
- Treat any soreness. If your muscles feel tight and painful, try some light stretching. Some discomfort and soreness after the massage is normal. If need be, I recommend applying deep freeze (from the deep heat line of products) or ice to ease the soreness. The stiffness should go away after a day or two. However, you should not experience crippling and shooting pain, if that happens, something is wrong.
- Avoid having a heavy meal right after. Opt for something light and healthy like a bowl of fruit salad, or anti-inflammatory food like broccoli which helps with sore muscles. You want to feel reenergized and not bloated.
- If possible, avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, or eating anything with caffeine after your appointment. Alcohol is dehydrating, and your body needs more water post-massage. You don’t want substances like alcohol to further tax your body as it filters out the toxins. Until your body has had some time to rest and recover, it is best to take a lot of water.
Is a deep tissue massage the right massage for you? Or you just need to relax? If so, please schedule your massage appointment now and I will come to your home/office/hotel. We work with ladies and their spouse within Nairobi and outskirts.
Last Updated on October 7, 2021