Deep tissue massage

Introduction

Many of us accumulate soreness and muscle tension as we go about our lives which can be difficult to shift. A deep tissue massage aims to address these problems by targeting the deeper layers of muscle tissue. These lie underneath the superficial layers of muscle that are found just beneath the skin. The treatment uses a combination of techniques to first warm up the muscles and increase the circulation, bringing vital oxygen and nutrients to the area. As the surface layers begin to relax, deeper techniques are introduced, enabling the release of tension and the gradual softening of the muscles.

What are the potential benefits of a sports massage?

There are many benefits to receiving a deep tissue massage including an increase in circulation; oxygen and nutrients delivered to the deeper layers of muscles; improved mobility; reduction of aches and pains; reduction in stiffness; a feeling of spaciousness in the body and deep relaxation.

What massage techniques are used during a deep tissue massage?

Each therapist will have their own style when providing your massage, but usually your treatment will begin with soothing effleurage techniques consisting of slow flowing movements to warm and soften the top layer of muscles. Your therapist will then introduce stronger techniques, incorporating the use of elbows and forearms and using their body weight to achieve a deeper pressure. This helps to relax and release the deeper layers of muscle, tendons and fascia.

Who would benefit from a deep tissue massage?

If you are suffering with chronic localised pain then a deep tissue massage can be a good option. It can help to release tension that has built up over time by bringing a fresh supply of blood and oxygen, which will help to soothe the area. If you have long-standing pain from a past injury then a deep tissue massage or a sports massage could be beneficial to help the healing process, though not necessarily straight away. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult your doctor or physiotherapist first.

What can I expect from a deep tissue massage?

You will be asked to remove your clothes, leaving just your lower underwear on. You’ll then lie down on the massage table in a comfortable position, covered by a sheet or towel. It's important to let your therapist know what you're experiencing during your deep tissue massage so they can adjust their pressure accordingly. Other than this there is nothing for you to do other than relax and enjoy your treatment. ​ After your deep tissue massage you may feel a little sore in areas that have been given more attention. It’s also normal to feel a little thirsty or tired, so it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water and to allow yourself to rest properly for a good few hours. Any discomfort can be helped with a hot shower or bath and the benefit of the treatment should be felt for a few days afterwards.

When is a deep tissue massage not appropriate?

There may be some instances where a deep tissue massage may not be the right treatment for you. For instance, if: you have difficulty lying on your front; you would prefer a treatment tailored to you - choose bespoke massage instead; you’re pregnant - choose pregnancy massage instead; you’ve recently undergone surgery; you have open cuts or bruises or if you feel ill or have a fever.

Our therapists can provide this treatment for you in Bristol, Bath, Newport and Cardiff

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