What is Deep Tissue Massage?
A deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but the stronger pressure applied in conjunction with specific techniques is extremely beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension.
The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle, tendons and fascia (that's the protective layer surrounding muscles, joints and bones).
Unlike Swedish massage, which is a relaxing treatment and uses lighter pressure, deep tissue massage is done using deep pressure with strokes that are firm and slow many times using knuckles and elbows.
Deep tissue massage has numerous therapeutic effects and can be used to treat a variety of conditions that usually affect major muscle groups like the neck, upper or lower back.
It can also be used to relieve strain as well as treat chronic pain and injuries in your joints and tendons.
Deep Tissue Massage London - What to Expect
At the beginning of a deep tissue massage with Artisa Spa, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles for the deeper muscle work.
Common techniques include:
Stripping: Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibres using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
Friction: Pressure applied across the length of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibres.
While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage isn't a stronger version of a Swedish massage.
Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions (these are bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion and inflammation.
Artisa Spa massage therapists may use their fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage.
You may be asked to breathe deeply as your therapist works on tense and affected areas.
At certain times during the massage, you may feel some discomfort or even some pain as the massage therapist works in areas where there are adhesions or scar tissue.
Pain isn't necessarily good, and it's not a sign that the massage will be effective.
In fact, your body may tense up in response to pain, making it harder for the therapist to reach deeper muscles.
That's why you should immediately inform your therapist if you feel any pain during the massage.
Remember, communication is the key to success, even in a massage!
Your therapist can adjust the technique or further prep the tissues if the superficial muscles are tense.
After a deep tissue massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so.
Be sure to contact us if you have any concerns or if you feel sore after having a massage.
Drinking plenty of water after your treatment will help flush the metabolic waste from your soft tissue.
If you think that a deep tissue massage is something you would like to try, book your session now!