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The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Treatments by Debbie Allen

The benefits of deep tissue massage treatments

Deep Tissue MassageDeep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

Deep Tissue Massage targets the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles, referred to as connective tissue. Of the many types of massage, deep tissue focuses on the release of muscle tension and chronic knots (adhesions).

Deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up and releases the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through the body.

Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

You should check frequently that your client is not experiencing pain. The saying “no pain no gain” is a myth.

 Tight muscles may experience some discomfort during massage but should not be painful. The aim is to reduce tension in muscles slowly and to stretch tight muscles and fascia NOT to cause bruising in the area

 There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury
- Postural problems
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Fibromyalgia
- Muscle tension or spasms

From a massage Therapists point of view learning the new techniques used for deep tissue massage will save strain on their hands and back.

Article By Debbie Allen, Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy

Debbie Allen is Joint principal with Jenny Walden of The Kent College of Beauty Therapy. Her qualifications include IHBC Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Electrology, CIBTAC Beauty Therapy Diploma, IIHHT Diploma in Holistic Therapies, Certificate in Education Diploma from the University of Greenwich, Internal verifier and Assessors awards.

Tel: 01474 35 35 36
Article Category : Massage Therapy
Date Added: 28/02/2015
Added By: Debbie Allen