What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage but a deeper pressure is used. The idea of deep tissue massage is to relieve chronic tension.  It is characterized by firm, slow massage strokes.

When performing deep tissue massage, it is common for the therapist to incorporate the use of body parts other than the hands and thumbs, which means it is possible to give a more intensive, effective treatment to the client for a longer period of time.  Elbows and forearms are commonly used, to apply a deep pressure to problem areas. The focus of deep tissue is on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia – the connective tissue around the muscles.

So What are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage? 

Deep tissue massage can be used to treat any areas of muscle tension and is often used to treat conditions such as chronic back or shoulder back pain.  It also helps to lower high blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety. It can help to break up scar tissue, loosen adhesions and allow more freedom of movement. If you have had a sports injury it can help your recovery.  Deep tissue massage can also increase joint mobility and help to ease the pain of arthritis. I feel that all of these things are so important in so many ways for people.

Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?

Deep tissue massage is likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a relaxation massage, but it doesn’t need to be excruciating to give good results.  It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that you communicate with each other during deep tissue massage therapy. Everyone manages pain differently – if you feel it is too much, don’t hesitate to tell the therapist. It can be good to judge any pain on a scale of one to five and if it is anything above three, I’d advise you to ask the therapist to ease off.

How Will You Feel After a Deep Tissue Massage Treatment? 

First of all, the experience can be different for different people. You may feel rejuvenated, but you could also feel a bit sore. This is because of the deep pressure applied.  Any stiffness or pain is normal after a deep tissue massage and will generally subside in 24 to 74 hours. In a few days your body should feel the benefits.

Is Deep Tissue a Separate Routine or Can It Be Incorporated into Your Normal Massage?

A full deep tissue massage practice can be offered, but deep tissue strokes can also be incorporated into a holistic and Swedish routine.  If you suffer from any chronic tension and tightness in your body, such as in your back or shoulders, then incorporating some deep tissue massage will help to reach those problem areas.

What Might Be an Indication That You Should have a Deep Tissue Massage? 

If you have any pain that affects your day to day life, be that back pain, shoulder pain or neck pain, then having a deep tissue massage might be something to consider.

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Training at Cotswold Academy

I attended the deep tissue massage course at Cotswold Academy and learnt so much!  As always, the tutors were great, and very helpful and supportive, giving me great information on performing this kind of massage and offering it as part of my treatment.  My fellow students were lovely too – it is always good to have the opportunity to talk to people with similar interests.

The course opened my eyes to the benefits of massaging without the use of thumbs and hands, both for the therapist and the client. We were taught a whole deep tissue routine and tried it out on each other. It’s such a great way to massage as you can really get into people’s tense areas without tiring out your thumbs and hands.

I believe that deep tissue massage will be really beneficial for my clients and I hope that you all enjoy this new addition to the treatments that I offer.