What Is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Many get a massage to reduce stress and simply relax. But if you’re experiencing muscle soreness, back pain or stiff joints, a deep tissue massage may be just the thing you need.

When you get a deep tissue massage, the deeper layers of your muscle tissue are targeted. This includes your fascia, which is the protective layer that surrounds your muscles, joints and tendons. Massage therapists use deep kneading techniques and firm pressure to promote healing throughout your body and support muscle recovery.

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What to Expect During Your Deep Tissue Massage

Before you begin your massage, your massage therapist will discuss with you any problem areas you’d like to target. They’ll also ask about any concerns or preferences you may have.

You’ll then lie down on a firm, comfortable table. Always communicate with your therapist throughout the massage about your needs. If the applied pressure is too hard or too gentle, let them know.

Your therapist will begin by gently warming up your muscles with slow, smooth strokes and light, firm pressure. Once your muscles are relaxed and your blood is flowing, the deep tissue massage begins.

They’ll use their fingers and palms to apply deep pressure to your muscles, joints and any areas you requested. They may also use their elbows and forearms to deeply knead your muscles. Throughout the massage, each movement will be slow and firm as they work your fascia and muscle tissue.

At the end of your massage, your therapist will give you some aftercare tips to reap the full benefits of your massage. Be sure to drink plenty of water and focus on relaxing, low-stress activities if you can.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Many people seek deep tissue massage for several reasons, such as chronic pain, athletic injuries or to aid in injury recovery. Even if you don’t have a specific goal, deep tissue may offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Relaxation and stress relief: If you need to alleviate stress, deep tissue massage is a great way to soothe your mind and body. 
  • Pain relief for stiff muscles and joints: Deep tissue can improve joint mobility and range of motion, provide relief for muscle tension and encourage flexibility.
  • Faster healing: Deep tissue massage encourages blood and lymphatic circulation. This supports the breakdown of scar tissue and recovery from athletic injuries, muscle stiffness, surgeries and more.

Revitalize Your Mind & Body with a Relaxing Massage at the Drift Spa

Whether you’re recovering from surgery or want to reduce your stress, we have the right massage for you. Our therapists at the Drift Spa will help you feel your best and support your wellness journey with a variety of techniques. Call us today at 844-475-3743 or book your appointment.