DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: WHAT IS IT?
Deep Tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues. This type of massage is most beneficial with those who experience chronic pain, or have a contracted area such as upper back, lower back pain, muscle tightness, sore legs, etc.
Some of the techniques used in this style are similar to Swedish Massage, however the strokes are longer, slower and deeper. Attention is concentrated on areas of pain, reaching the sub-layer of the muscles and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding the muscle)
WHY DO WE GET SORE?
For your muscles, receiving a deep tissue massage is like doing a tough bootcamp class. It stimulates the same effect as if you were to exercise your muscles.
During a massage, your muscles are warmed up to be manipulated and stretched.
Muscle linings are supposed to be smooth.
When we get tension or knots, its because the muscle fibres start to stick to each other.
Resulting in a new lumpy tension, that feels like a ‘knot’.
During a massage, your massage therapist is working hard to stretch, lengthen and break up those knots.
This leads to increased blood flow and healing to the muscles.
Also, if you are dehydrated the day of your massage, you will most likely experience more soreness afterwards.
This is because the muscles are less pliable (flexible), therefore it takes more time and effort for the muscles to open up to eventually release the knots.
TIPS TO RELIEVE SORENESS:
- Drink lots of WATER before and after your massage: The more water you drink after a massage, the less soreness you will experience the day after. Water helps to flush the toxins and lactic acid out of the body. Drink more water than you normally would that day!
- Do some gentle STRETCHING that evening: focus on the areas that were worked on. You can find lots of stretches on Youtube, or else ask your massage therapist for ideas.
- Take a warm bath with EPSOM SALTS: Soak in the bath for 20-40 minutes (read or watch a movie while you relax in the water!). Epsom salts are an easy and affordable way of further reducing toxins and inflammation. The salts also have magnesium, a nutrient that is important for the overall health of your body.
- Keep MOVING: If you experience tenderness the next day, don’t let it stop you from performing your everyday activities. When you move your body, more oxygen and improved blood flow follows. Even a brisk 20 minute walk can help you loosen up, to continue the effects.
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