Things to know before getting a deep tissue massage.
When undergoing a deep tissue massage, the therapist applies firm pressure to target deep layers of muscle and connective tissue.
It is mainly performed to help chronic aches and stiffness in specific parts of the body, to break down "knots" that can often block circulation and cause pain. Deep tissue massages can help the range of movement and decrease inflammation. Although this type of massage is more focused on reaching deep muscle tissue, soft strokes are also performed for relaxation, resembling a Swedish massage.
At the beginning of the massage, the therapist will apply softer pressure to to warm up the body and prepare the muscles for the stronger pressure.
Unlike other massage types, therapists performing a deep tissue massage may use their knuckles, elbows and forearms to reach the desired results.
You may feel some discomfort or pain during a deep tissue massage as the therapist works on problematic or stiff areas. The pain you might feel isn't always a sign that the massage is being successful, so make sure to monitor how you feel and inform your therapist if you would like softer pressure applied during the massage. It is common to feel light stiffness or soreness after a deep tissue massage, but it should calm down the next day.