Deep tissue massage, as its name suggests, concentrates on the deeper layers of muscle tissue to complement other types of massage that you can enjoy at The London Massage.
Deep tissue massage techniques use slow, intense strokes and deep, firm finger pressure (but not usually oils or lotions) to release chronic tension. Unlike massage that relies on the therapist working with ‘the grain’ of the muscle tissue, deep tissue massage is also applied ‘across the grain’ to normalise tissue and muscles.
Although this therapy should never hurt, some patients experience a slight soreness after their session – it’s quite normal and shows that the therapy is working as intended. Of course, your therapist will always ask you to tell them if the stroke pressure becomes too intense during massage.
Deep tissue massage is a massage therapy for relaxation of the deeper layer of tissues of body. It is usually used against pains and stiffness of body tissues such as back pains, shoulder pains, neck stiffness, arm tissues stiffness, arm pain and leg tissues pains. It is applied on the pain areas slowly and deeply with pressure. Some of the steps are same as normal massage therapy. It is a natural solution for pains with no side effects.
Deep tissue massage can be used on its own or with other therapies. You may also want to consider lifestyle changes to reduce the likelihood of developing the symptoms that prompted the need for treatment. For a longer-term solution, your therapist can also help you address issues such as posture, how you move, how you relax, and how you deal with stress.
In case of Injuries, a chain of tension (adhesion) causes the pain and disturbs the normal flow of blood circulation. Deep tissue massage therapy works effectively in this situation. Massage therapists use massage oils and directly apply oil on the affected part. Sometimes they apply direct but slow pressure and rubs with massage oil to break the chain of tension. During massage some people feel a bit pain and discomfort especially when therapists apply pressure on tension area. Sometimes the tension or pain area gets stiff but stiffness goes in a day or two. It is recommended to apply ice on massage are after deep tissue massage.
Things You Must Know
Food does provide energy and strengthens the body but it is better not to eat meal or food of any kind before, during and after deep tissue massage. Relaxation is important before massage therapy therefore always have 10-15 minutes relaxing to make your body ready for therapy. Drinking water after the massage because it helps in flushing and removing all the toxins ejected through sweat during massage, moreover it helps to hydrate the body to avoid the dehydration and feeling of nausea. Never perform exercise, weight lifting and workout after having massage because during massage tissues are relaxed so, it may damage them causing more injuries.
Important Factors and Precautions
Deep tissue massage therapy is a non-medical solution to numerous pains, injuries, and soreness, stress, and tissue tensions. Chronic pain, lower back pain, tennis elbow, after workout muscle tension and tissues injury in bodybuilding can generally benefit from the therapy as many sportsmen usually have deep tissue massage after sports and minor injuries.Some precautions regarding to the deep tissue massage are important to consider.
• Blood Clots:
People with blood clots should not have a deep tissue massage because it isn’t safe and can cause the tissue damage.
• Surgery, Radiotherapy:
People who recently had surgery or radiotherapy must avoid the deep tissue massage because it may damage the surgery stiches and stop the tissues healing process.
• Wounds, Tumors and Fragile Bones:
In case of wounds and tumors, this massage must not be applied because it may damage the skin, tissues and muscles instead of relief. People with fragile and weak bones should also avoid deep tissue massage therapy because therapists apply pressure and it may lead to damage of bones during massage.
• Pregnant Women:
Women during pregnancy must be careful about deep tissue therapy because therapy causes temporary stiffness, tension and pain which may affect the baby.