You don’t have to be a spa aficionado to have heard of deep tissue massage. As one of the most popular massages available at the Secret Oasis Spa, deep tissue massage is an excellent choice for those looking to alleviate tension and pain, or address a particular problem area. In this blog we take a look at what the technique has to offer and why it could be the perfect massage for you…
What does it do?
In a nutshell deep tissue massage is generally used to address chronic tightness and injuries. For example it has been used to aid:
- Muscle tension
- Soft tissue strains
- Postural problems
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Sports injuries
- High blood pressure
It is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle, (also called connective tissue). It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as ‘adhesions’).
How is the massage given?
Your therapist should start off with a lighter pressure to warm the muscles up, this will get deeper and more concentrated as your therapist works on your problem areas. As in other massages, oil will be used to help relax the muscles.
During a deep tissue massage is it not uncommon for your therapist to use their:
At certain points of the massage you may feel some discomfort, especially if your therapist is working on a particularly tight area or a recovering injury. Breathing deeply can help manage this. That said, you should always tell your therapist if an area particularly hurts – if you are really tense the therapist won’t be able to do administer the massage properly – so just tell them and they will ease off the pressure.
If you are particularly sensitive, or you are trying to address a number of issues, it can be wise to have multiple treatments, rather than trying to get everything back into balance with one massage.
Who can have it?
While there is no age limit on deep tissue massage, it’s not always for everyone. It should be avoided if you have:
- Recently had surgery
- Blood clots
- Had recent chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Fragile bones / recent fractures
- Abdominal hernias
- Open wounds
- Inflamed or infected skin
If you are pregnant or have had a medical procedure you should check with your doctor first. If you have any worries or concerns always talk to your professional massage therapist first.
Deep tissue vs Swedish
There is the belief that deep tissue massage is just a more intense version of Swedish massage, but this isn’t strictly true. For those new to massage, Swedish massage offers a good introduction. It is the classic stress relieving treatment, guaranteed to leave you with the ultimate feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. However, while it will work on sore, tired muscles, it may not be deep or targeted enough to address chronic aches and pains.
This is where deep tissue massage comes to the fore. Using many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower, stronger pressure for a deeper massage. It also concentrates more fully on your areas of concern, using a special technique to break up scar tissue and adhesions. It’s a more targeted massage, designed to address muscle problems and pain, rather than being a general, relaxing, all-over-body treatment.
Want to give it a try?