To benefit from deep tissue massage you do not need to be a sports performer.
The deep tissue massage techniques are used to help anybody with chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massages use many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or “knots”—also known as “adhesions.”
Since deep tissue massage requires intense pressure against adhesions on your muscles and connective tissues, your therapist will be focused on specific areas for longer, but don’t be afraid to speak up if the pressure is too much for you. If the pressure is more than you can comfortably take, you might unconsciously tense up, guarding your body against pain, but this makes it harder for the therapist to achieve results.
You are always better off with only getting as much pressure as you can take while still being relaxed, so it’s important to build a trusting and communicative relationship with your therapist. Therapists use different techniques, including applying pressure with their elbows, so some might be more uncomfortable than others. You should let your therapist know if there is a technique you don’t like.
After a Deep Tissue Massage
It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don’t, you might be sore the next day.
It’s possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you do drink water, but this just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues. You should continue to stay hydrated and keep drinking water, especially if you’re traveling and staying active.
You should also book another appointment if you enjoyed your experience and are attempting to treat chronic pain. Integrating a deep tissue massage into your routine is much more effective than one session, especially because the masseuse will become more familiar with your body as you become more familiar with her techniques each time you go.