The Hidden Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage

Most people think that deep emotional release requires years of therapy; but there are other ways to reach deep into your body and understand where your stress lies!  

That’s right, we’re talking about deep tissue massage. Wouldn’t it be great if someone pressed into your muscles to reach the deepest stress knots, relieving you of them? That’s precisely what our massage therapist will do for you.

They apply firm pressure in a slow and steady motion and work their way around the hardest tissues.

Deep tissue massages are a miracle remedy for chronic pain in the lower back, quadriceps, cervical spine, and shoulders.

The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

It’s impossible to list all the benefits of a deep tissue massage. One session at our spa will offer lasting physical relief, coupled with freedom from mental and emotional turmoil. It instantly reduces muscle stiffness and alleviates pain, helping the body relax, and allowing the muscles to recover from a long-term injury.

A study conducted in 2014 showed that deep tissue massages helped people with chronic lower back pain. The study’s participants said that the results were similar to the effect of ibuprofen (Advil).

Let’s look at some medical conditions that have shown considerable improvement with deep tissue massage therapy:

  • fibromyalgia
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • plantar fasciitis
  • high blood pressure
  • sports injuries

How Does it Compare to Swedish Massage

Since Swedish massage is often compared and likened to deep tissue massage, an explanation is in order. Both techniques indeed use similar strokes, but the intended purpose is entirely different.

Target

Deep tissue massage targets specific areas that are affected by chronic pain or injuries. This makes the approach direct, aimed at relieving one problem at a time. The main concern is not just to provide an overall rejuvenation, but to relieve pain in a particular part of the body, such as the neck, back, or shoulders.

Neck massage

Pressure

A massage therapist who specializes in deep tissue massage uses a steady hand with firm strokes to knead the connective tissues. This might feel heavier than other gentler massage strokes, but is necessary for speedy muscle recovery.

It softens strained tissues and reaches any tendon strains. Swedish massage applies far less pressure, and cannot reach as deep into the muscles where the soreness lies.

Area of Focus

Since deep tissue massage aims to use manual pressure techniques to relieve tendon strains, the area of focus is different from other massages. Once you’re in a massage session, you’ll notice that the therapist will focus on areas where they feel the most tension.

Muscles tend to lock stress in between the tissues. Unless the therapist works patiently and directly to relieve stress from those areas, the body won’t heal. This is why the therapist will devote singular attention to the affected areas, one at a time.

Does your body need some care? Call us to book an appointment for a relaxing deep tissue massage in Fayetteville, NC. We’ll put you in great spirits by the end of it.

 

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