Does the idea of a deep tissue massage not appeal to you? Perhaps you think it’s the kind of treatment that’s likely to make you yelp in pain rather than soothe and de-stress? Well, you might be wrong about the benefits of a deep massage. Traditional Swedish massage is popular for its relaxing benefits but for some people it doesn’t quite hit the spot, and so that’s where a harder, more focused massage can really help.
Basically, it’s just a massage technique which uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It really gets into those tense areas and helps to un-knot muscles and connective tissue. Perfect for today’s stressed working population, we think!
There are real advantages to going that bit deeper – not just when you’ve suffered an injury either. The deep tissue massage is often called a ‘sports massage’ but you don’t have to have set foot in a gym to be able to make the most of it.
If you suffer from long term pain, perhaps back problems or an old injury, a deep tissue massage can help by increasing the blood flow through the whole body, and reducing inflammation which leads to pain.
A study carried out by the University of Maryland Medical Centre revealed that people who enjoyed a deep tissue massage experienced a drop in both their systolic pressure and diastolic pressure.
The stiffness and discomfort caused by old scar tissue can be worked on during a deep tissue massage, which improves lymphatic circulation in the affected area and helps to break up the scar tissue.
There’s a reason deep tissue massage is often recommended for people with sports injuries. It works really well because it helps to remove toxins from the body and also stretches out any tight or twisted muscles, helping them to heal faster.
Tight muscles lead to tension headaches and both are a symptom of chronic stress. A deep tissue massage gets right in there where it’s needed and relives the tension, making the headaches disappear and the muscles loosen up.
A deep tissue massage can be one of the most beneficial massage treatments there is; and although it’s not as luxurious as an aromatherapy massage or as relaxing as a hot stone massage, the after effects can be well worth it.
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