One of the therapeutic massages our Weybridge clinic provides is a deep tissue massage, but what is a deep tissue massage and what can you expect from one?
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
Unlike the more common Swedish massage which concentrates on superficial muscle tissue for relaxation and improved circulation, a deep tissue massage focuses on reaching deeper layers of tissue with the aim of easing specific muscular issues.
A skilled massage therapist can help ease acute and chronic aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, upper and lower back and tightness in other areas such as the legs and biceps.
In order to treat these problem muscles, a therapist will use a combination of open palm, finger, knuckle and forearm as well as elbow techniques to work on the muscles.
What to Expect
The massage therapist will usually begin slowly, using techniques commonly associated with a traditional Swedish massage, allowing your muscles to warm up before the more intense and deeper therapy starts.
Dependent on the problem area, the therapist will then begin to apply firmer pressure with a range of hand and arm procedures. In some cases, you may even be asked to take deep breathes when the therapist is working on a particular tense area.
As the main goal of a deep tissue massage is to alleviate pain, patients will likely feel discomfort during the treatment. A certain level of pain is to be expected, but inform the therapist if you reach you pain threshold.
After the massage, patients may feel sore and tender, but this will fade within a day or two and you can use ice packs on particularly sensitive areas. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous activity soon after the massage while the muscles repair.
It is advised to drink plenty of water before and after the massage to flush out toxins and to keep muscles hydrated to improve recovery time.
All massages at the Light Touch Clinic are performed by trained massage therapists.
If you have any further questions, or would like book a deep tissue massage, you can contact us on:
Phone: 01932 849 552