What exactly is Deep Tissue Massage, and is it Right for Me?

Most people believe deep tissue massage should be this painful, non-relaxing experience in order to be beneficial. But this is not true. In fact, many people fall into a deeper state of relaxation when they receive a deep tissue massage.

What is deep tissue massage

So, what is a deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage involves the manipulation of the deeper layers of muscles and soft tissues in the body. It requires the therapist to somewhat “melt” into the tissue before reaching deeper layers, this is done by warming up the superficial muscles, or the muscles closest to the outside of the body.

Reaching the deep layers of muscle and soft tissue may not always be accomplished in the first session. Depending on the situation, a session may be modified to keep the client comfortable, so they do not subconsciously resist the work. You may think you want that painful work done, but what you don’t realize is that your body may be resisting the work even if you don’t realize it.

Deep Tissue Massage

Not everyone should receive a deep tissue massage. Some people simply enjoy the sensation of deeper pressure to their muscles, but this is not necessarily a “deep tissue” massage. Others prefer a more gentle touch. Deep tissue massage is designed to treat chronic pain from issues in the deeper layer of muscles. It is also used to treat injuries and other ailments of the deeper muscles. Someone who has never experienced a massage before may not want to request a deep tissue massage to start with. It is the responsibility of the therapist to determine if a deep tissue massage is necessary by way of a thorough consultation. Massage is only effective when the person on the table is comfortable and relaxed.

10 thoughts on “What exactly is Deep Tissue Massage, and is it Right for Me?”

  1. Your right, deep tissue isn’t for everyone. I had a client who wanted deep tissue but couldn’t handle it fully.

  2. It is indeed optional for an individual to take a deep tissue massage or the gentle one. Well, the picture in the blog can sum up all the pressure applied during a deep tissue, it is yet tolerable and quite enjoyable after it’s over. Pros and Cons, like everything else.

  3. My husband was recently diagnosed with FM and one of the techniques he finds brings relief from the pain is massage. Whilst we do have an electric massage chair he finds that a good deep tissue massage gives relief for a much greater period of time. I’ll admit i’m very much still learning how to do it and he does currently prefer to visit a local massage therapist, i do hope to be able to help him further.

    I actually find if somewhat relaxing myself to give him these massages, perhaps it’s even brought us closer in some way and i look forward to spending even more time with him in the coming years, be it via massage or otherwise.

  4. I like that you included what deep tissue massages are actually for. It makes sense that specific problems would require a more intense massage to help fix them. For my first massage, I will make sure I choose something that I feel will be the most comfortable.

  5. I know the reason why some people feel it painful sometimes, actually it happens mostly with first timers, I myself when had my first deep tissue massage, I was like “Oh man you’re going to break something in me” but after two or three deep tissue massages it became normal for me and now I enjoy it even more harder than usual. I’d recommend everyone for this massage because it’s the best kind of massage to relieve pain. Now I have it on my massaging chair every week.

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