Strategic strokes are used in “Deep Tissue” therapeutic massages to promote circulation, alleviate muscle tension, and remove lactic acid. To reduce strain, stress, and inflammation, it combines trigger point therapy, stretching, sports massage, and other unique methods.
What is the difference between a Swedish and a Deep Tissue Massage?
When getting a deep tissue massage, almost everyone expects a hard touch. However, the term “deep tissue” can be deceiving. The goal of a deep tissue massage is to target the deepest levels of muscles in your body rather than to apply deep pressure uniformly. This is a typical misunderstanding. Deep tissue massage entails the therapist accessing your muscle tissue and working IN BETWEEN your muscle tissue fibres, which is impossible to achieve with broad, gliding massage strokes over relaxed muscles. A deep tissue massage’s pressure can range from a light, superficial stroke aimed to warm up the muscle to a deeper, more focused application of pressure used to release tension. A Swedish massage, on the other hand, is designed to target the muscle’s outer layer, which may or may not require as much pressure.
Deep tissue massage should be slow and thorough, moving layer by layer into the muscular tissues. This involves paying more attention to the “knots” and trigger points encountered along the path. Any good therapist will tell you that allowing the tissue to respond on its own and release under a slower, more focused approach, rather than forcing it, yields far greater outcomes.
A deep tissue, or between-the-muscle-fibers, massage can be performed in a variety of ways:
Active Motion: In this approach, the client and the therapist work together to bend and stretch the muscle while the therapist applies firm pressure. When a client flexes a muscle, the fibres spread out, allowing the therapist to massage in between them. The muscle softens when the client stretches or relaxes it, allowing the therapist to move in a little deeper. The use of this alternating flex and relax technique allows for the most effective and painless penetration of muscle tissue. Each muscle pair (the same muscle on both sides of the body) can take up to 15-20 minutes to work efficiently, but can be done in as little as 5-10 minutes if lightly worked.
Passive Motion: This technique is similar to Active Motion, only the therapist uses one hand to work the muscle and the other hand to move the body component being worked on. This method is far more calming for the receiver, but it is also much more demanding for the therapist. As a result, a single therapist performing a full-body treatment with this approach is almost impossible.
Static Pressure: In this treatment, the therapist applies hard pressure on individual muscle points with their thumbs, fingertips, and even elbows. It is vital for the therapist to proceed slowly in order to urge the muscle to relax and allow entry. It can take up to 20 minutes to adequately cover one muscle, and this technique frequently results in bruising and minor discomfort. This form of deep tissue manipulation is exemplified by trigger point therapy.
I’m not sure what kind of massage I should receive.
Therapists at RELAX The Spa go over the visitor intake form and ask questions. Following the review, the therapist will offer advice and approaches tailored to your individual needs. They’ll utilise different deep tissue techniques to extend the muscles that are tight, depending on the form and your replies to their queries. They’ll utilise active motion, passive motion, and static pressure to stretch the muscles that are tight.
Many people feel that a Swedish massage, which uses lengthy, flowing strokes and forceful pressure, is equivalent to a “deep tissue massage.” Deep tissue techniques are only used on one or two places of the body during this sort of massage, which is otherwise gentle. This enables a full-body treatment with a focus on specific problem areas to be completed in a relatively short consultation.
How to maximise the benefits of your massage.
So, how can you be sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck? The idea is to communicate with your therapist about the pressure you want and your degree of comfort. If you are uncomfortable with how much or how little pressure is being applied, speak up before your massage begins and again throughout the session. Communication is essential since some places may demand different levels of pressure than others. It’s also worth noting that some therapists will use your body’s reaction to determine how much pressure to apply. If you tense up or your breathing becomes shallow and muted, the pressure you’re experiencing is likely near or beyond your threshold.