If you have never had a deep tissue massage, you’re missing out! Not everyone needs the intensity of these therapeutic massages but if you are wondering whether a deep tissue massage would be right for you, here are a few things you knead (ahem) to know before making a booking.
So what is deep tissue massage?
It’s a massage therapy technique that concentrates on manipulating the deeper layers of muscle and tissue, hence the name. The massage strokes can be either with or against the muscle fibres, usually slower and with more pressure than a traditional massage. A more intense treatment results, which is focused on relieving tension and pain in specified areas of pain or trouble.
Massage strokes are slow, targeted and calculated, helping to loosen areas of tense muscle tissue that can cause pain or restrict your range of motion. By concentrating pressure on these specific points, tension is reduced, allowing for better circulation and range of motion in muscles. With a deep tissue massage each layer of the muscle and connective tissue is stretched and moved to loosen and remove adhesions and reduce contractions. Our therapists may use their fingers, hands, forearms and elbows to work each of these muscle layers.
Is it like Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is probably the most well-known massage technique, and uses sliding, kneading and rubbing motions to relieve stress and relax the entire body. Many other types of massage derive from Swedish massage. Often, both deep tissue and Swedish massage modalities are used together, addressing specific pain areas with deep tissue techniques, and Swedish massage elsewhere to promote relaxation. We are always happy to customise a massage to figure out the massage that’s perfect for you.
When do you recommend deep tissue massage?
While deep tissue work may be incorporated into any of our massages here in London, it is usually preferred by people seeking to treat certain muscular or health conditions such as chronic pain, osteoarthritis, muscular and sporting injuries, sciatica, muscle tension, strains or spasms. Athletes often include deep tissue massage in their recovery programme, but it can be used for many different issues and some inflammatory conditions. Due to the intensity of a deep tissue massage, if you are considering having your first professional massage, you may want to check that you find a relaxing massage comfortable and enjoyable before pluming for a deep tissue massage.
How about before and after my massage?
If you are booking your first deep tissue massage in London, try and limit your food intake before the appointment – in particular avoid really heavy meals in the couple of hours before your massage. This is because the pressure of the massage can be uncomfortable on a full stomach. Ideally you can arrive a few minutes early to make sure you don’t arrive feeling rushed. Be sure to drink plenty of water after your massage. Your therapist may suggest icing any inflamed areas. Don’t be surprised if you have some tenderness after your massage (or the morning after); however, it should be minimal and be followed by reduced pain in the troubled areas.