What to expect

What to expect during your deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage involves slow, deep strokes to target deeper muscles and connective tissues, releasing painful knots, breaking down scar tissue, and reducing any tension present in the muscles and tissues. Before your deep tissue massage, tell your massage therapist about your problem areas. Your therapist can target these to have you feeling better in no time.

Deep tissue massage techniques

While the strokes used in deep tissue massage resemble those of a Swedish massage, therapists use additional pressure to effectively target deeper tissues and address the source of chronic pain or injury. Throughout your deep tissue massage, your therapist will use four main techniques:

  • Active release treatment: This technique involves the assessment of the patient's muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves to allow the therapist to determine the best course of action for treatment.
  • Cross-fiber friction: This technique involves applying pressure across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and heal scar tissue. No lotions or oils are needed, as this technique requires friction.
  • Muscle energy technique (MET): MET is an active stretching technique involving the contraction of a muscle, followed by the stretching of the same muscle.
  • Trigger point therapy: This technique involves the application of isolated pressure to individual trigger points to reduce or eliminate their associated pain.
Deep Tissue Techniques

Benefits of deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage greatly benefits the receiver's physical and mental health. You can expect your health to improve in the following ways after a deep tissue massage:

1. Stress relief

Helps lower cortisol levels and increases oxytocin, the happiness hormone, to leave you feeling relaxed and calm.

2. Pain management

Improves local circulation and reduces muscle tension in painful areas to decrease chronic muscle pain.

3. Lowered blood pressure and heart rate

Reduces stress and tension, which impacts blood pressure.

4. Ease of movement

Breaks up scar tissue, which improves flexibility and range of motion around the scar tissue.

5. Reduced arthritis symptoms

Helps with pain, stiffness, limited range of motion in joints, and sleep issues.

6. Rehabilitation for overworked muscles

Stretches tight or twisted muscles and facilitates the elimination of toxins from the muscle fibres.

Deep tissue massage near me

If you or anyone you know could benefit from the positive effects of deep tissue massage, book your next in-home massage session with Bigtoe. With affordable prices, easy bookings, and sessions entirely designed by you, for you, there's no time like the present to enjoy a deep tissue massage.

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