Deep tissue massage is one of our most popular forms of massage therapy here at Naples Massage & Neuromuscular. Targeting the deepest layers of your muscle, tendon, and fascial tissue, deep tissue massage works to alleviate chronic muscle tension and create a host of positive health effects in your body. Many of our clients have expressed how relaxed they feel after the treatment, not having realized how much tension they were carrying around with them until it was taken away.
What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
At their job, during recreational activities, and relaxing at home, everyone performs some kind of repetitive motion throughout the day. This leads to muscles becoming overexcited, giving rise to the chronic tension that causes stress, pain, and lower energy levels. Deep tissue massage therapy releases this tension, reducing your blood pressure and heart rate, and lowering stress hormone levels. What’s more, it produces a calming effect on the patient and boosts their mood through the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Deep tissue massage can also address misalignment and lingering injuries.
What Can I Expect During a Deep Tissue Massage?
When receiving a deep tissue massage, it’s important to keep in mind that it is a slightly different approach than, say, a Swedish massage, which is delivered with a lighter touch. Your massage therapist may focus on a specific area where you are experiencing symptoms in an effort to rehabilitate the tissues. During your therapeutic session, you may experience some discomfort as your therapist applies various degrees of pressure on tight, tense muscles in the body. Due to the nature of deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you aren’t in pain. Your therapist may instruct you in your breathing to enhance the effectiveness of the massage, and may even employ various passive and active stretching techniques to release tight muscles. The goal is to work with your therapist for the best possible benefits of your massage session.
What Can I Expect After My Session?
Soreness is common after the treatment, and you should drink plenty of water post-massage so that you can help your body to flush out toxins that have been released from your deep tissue during the session. Gentle stretching may also help keep your muscles limber and reduce any post-session ache. Additionally, ice is a great way to relieve sore muscles. While some people may experience a relaxed state after their massage, others may feel a boost of energy and invigoration afterward. These are both completely normal experiences.