Misconception #2: "I have to be in a lot of pain for a deep tissue massage."
“No pain no gain, right?”. Wrong. The term ‘deep tissue massage’ is often thought of as a painful and uncomfortable experience that takes days to recover from. Sure, it’s more intense than a relaxing Swedish massage, but when you’re under the care of a Registered Massage Therapist, you’ll feel little discomfort with long term results.
Exactly What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
A deep tissue massage uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. Starting, your therapist will ease into your tight and knotted trouble areas, allowing deeply held tension to be released. An effective deep tissue massage is more focused, as your therapist will work on a specific joint, muscle, or muscle group. Deep tissue work can be immensely beneficial, but it doesn’t have to be painful.
A Deep Tissue Massage Shouldn’t be Painful
Despite what you may have heard, deep tissue massage shouldn’t make you tense your muscles, clench your jaw, or curl your toes. You can actually be hurting the tissue on a cellular level if pressure is too deep. Keep in mind we cannot feel what you’re feeling.That’s why it’s so important to make sure you communicate with your Licensed Massage Therapist before, during, and after the service is preformed. Massage Therapists are trained to accurately assess your condition and carry out the proper care through the deep tissue massage. Please note that any initial discomfort felt from the deep tissue work will lessen within a few moments as the muscles begin to naturally relax. However, it is normal to be sore the next day or two from deep tissue work.
Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is ideal for those suffering from injury, chronic muscle tension (lower back tightness, sore shoulders, or a stiff neck are common examples of this), or for anyone who places strenuous demands on their body.
A quality deep tissue massage:
- Reduces pain and helps the body heal more quickly
- Relaxes stiff muscles to help restore pain-free movement
- Improves range of motion and flexibility
- Encourages the body to flush toxins
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Reduces stress hormones
- Reduces heart rate
- Boosts your mood by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin
Now that we’ve cleared up one of the most common misconceptions, are you wondering if deep tissue massage is right for you?! Get in touch with us at O2 Face and Body and one of our Licensed Massage Therapists will be happy to answer any questions you may have.