A deep tissue massage is not only healthy for your body overall, but according to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage can help you reduce stress, relieve pain, improve balance and range of motion, relieve headaches and even help you sleep better.
Some people are intimidated by the concept of a deep tissue massage. The name itself sounds a bit like a muscle squeeze, but in reality it’s a smooth and relaxing experience that you’re in control of.
Deep tissue doesn’t mean pain
The most important thing to know about deep tissue massage is that it should not be painful. A painful massage will mean soreness later on and can have negative consequences for your muscles in the long run.
When getting a massage, the therapist will ask you throughout the process if you’re comfortable with the amount of pressure you’re receiving. At any time if you feel it is too harsh be sure to ask them to lighten up, and feel free to communicate with them throughout the massage even if they don’t ask you directly about the pressure.
You might be asked to move or stretch
Sometimes relieving pressure in the muscles requires some movement exercises from you. Your massage therapist may ask you to do things like match their pressure during a stretch to help release muscle tension in certain areas.
You’ll want to spend more time on the table
To get the most out of a deep tissue massage, it’s helpful to schedule more time with your therapist. A typical 1-hour massage is great, but doesn’t give them enough time to really dive into your more challenging areas. Schedule 90 minutes to 2 hours to make sure you’re getting the most out of your session.
It’s ok to be a little sore
Being sore a day or two after a deep tissue massage is absolutely normal. This is because the deep tissue massage releases knots and tension in the muscles, which can cause a small some soreness similar to a full body workout.
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