By Emily Taylor
Deep tissue massage is commonly referred to as a myofascial release and is a massage technique which pays heavy focus on the deeper layers of muscle in order to release tension in its ligaments and tendons. A deep tissue massage helps to release the chronic patterns of strain in the human body. This is often performed in slow and methodical strokes along with deep finger impressions on the affected areas. Massage therapists use strokes, pressure and friction across the muscles. This is performed against the grain in order to warm and soften the tissue before the affected muscles are targeted.
Deep tissue massage is both a therapeutic and corrective procedure and can be applied in two different methods. This type of massage can be performed both directly and indirectly and is highly effective at releasing tension, soothing and relaxing muscles as well as remove toxins.
A direct deep tissue massage occurs when the therapist applies direct pressure to the muscles. The therapist does so with the intent to be answered with resistance. They then maintain pressure on the region until all resistance has ceased. The indirect method involves pressure and resistance opposite of the direct method aforementioned. Within these methods there are various combinations able to be performed like triggerpoint therapy, thai massage and polarity therapy.
Both methods incorporate pressure which varies depending on the amount of resistance. Massage therapists use their forearms, elbows, hands, knuckles and fingertips in slow, long and deep strokes. Because of the intensity of the massage, some clients find it somewhat uncomfortable and experience soreness and discomfort afterwards. A professional massage therapist is able to perform a deep tissue massage with discomfort dissipating after only two days.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage is unlike most other massage techniques due to its ability to effectively alleviate deep tissue and muscle ailments and other such problems that exist deep within the human body. Many individuals seek deep tissue massages as a means to treat and cure many debilitating diseases as well as ligament, tendon and muscle injuries.
When the muscles within the body are strained and stressed they block nutrients and oxygen which leads to inflammation. This inflammation builds within the muscle tissue as toxins. During a deep tissue massage, the masseuse is able to successfully break down crystallization and scar tissue which leads to the better circulation of blood and oxygen, releasing toxins and loosening tight muscles. After a deep tissue massage session all clients are directed to drink a lot of water in order to further help the release of toxins from the body.
Not all people are able to have a deep tissue massage because of several factors. Massages of any kind are not to be performed on scarred tissue, inflamed or broken skin, tumors, over abdominal hernias, open wounds, rashes or any skin disease. Deep tissue massage should also be avoided by women that are pregnant, persons with osteoporosis, cardiovascular and heart problems and other illnesses. It is best to first seek the advice of a physician before having any type of massage.
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