deep tissue massage 101: everything you should know

 In Lincoln Park

A deep tissue massage is similar to a Swedish massage but is aimed to relieve chronic muscle tension through increased pressure. Deep tissue and Swedish massages utilize similar strokes, but deep tissue massage uses slower movements, deeper pressure and is concentrated on specific areas of tension. This is so that the massage therapist is able to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles).

Technique
In order to get into the deeper layers of the muscles, the massage therapist will prime the body with Swedish massage strokes. Once the muscles have loosened up, the therapist will go deeper into the tissue using stronger and slower movements. During certain parts of the massage, people will find some discomfort or pain. It is important for the client to let their therapist know when something hurts or is outside of their comfort range. There may be some soreness after the massage, but it usually subsides within a day.

Benefits
Deep tissue massage is recommended for any with chronic muscle pain. This bodywork can assist in reducing muscle tension, increasing range of motion and improving posture. There are many muscular conditions that can be treated through deep tissue massage, such as, osteoarthritis, sciatica or fibromyalgia.

If you have some kind of condition related to your muscles or joints, a deep tissue massage can be extremely beneficial in relieving that pain. We would be happy to discuss more about the benefits of this type of massage and determine if it’s a right fit for your needs.