Deep Tissue Massage
How it Works
Deep tissue massage works by first relaxing the muscles allowing for deeper penetration into problem areas and then applying pressure to break down ‘knots’, adhesions and scar tissue which restrict the movement of the muscles and cause pain. By applying firm strokes along the length of the muscles, massage therapists can release tension and increase blood flow to the muscles. It’s this improved blood flow and, thereby, increased oxygen to the muscles, that promotes healing and releases toxins trapped in the muscles. They also apply pressure across the grain of the muscle and straight down into the muscle to release adhesions and break down scar tissue and knots. Once these blockages are removed, the muscles can move more freely and pain is reduced.
What it Helps
It isn’t just sporty types who benefit from deep tissue massage. Although it is often use by people who participate in sport or fitness activities to improve their performance and get rid of niggles holding them back, people who are less active can use it to help pain caused by postural problems such as lower back pain and stiff neck and shoulders. It can also be helpful in relieving stress and anxiety as well as the associated muscle tension. Deep tissue massage doesn’t just release tight muscles and allow blood to flow more easily, it also encourages the body to release anti-stress hormones like serotonin and oxytocin. People suffering from long term pain issues such as fibromyalgia and arthritis have also found that deep tissue massage gives them some relief from their symptoms.
What to Expect from Deep Tissue Massage
When you arrive for your massage appointment at The Float Spa, you will have already chosen how long you’d like your session to be and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your issues with the massage therapist before getting undressed for the massage. All our therapists are very experienced so will know the best approach to take to help your particular ailment. Once they’ve explained what they plan to do to help you, they will leave the room to allow you to get undressed down to your underwear and get comfortable beneath a towel laying on your back.
Deep tissue massage applies strong pressure so, once they have applied the more gentle techniques to relax your muscles initially, they will apply some pressure which may hurt in certain areas as the muscular ‘knots’ can be quite stubborn so require a little force to remove. If you notice any particularly sharp pain or if the discomfort becomes too great, just let them know and they’ll stop. You’ll leave the session feeling very relaxed and, perhaps, a little woozy. Our massage therapists recommend not doing any exercise or strenuous work after the session and making sure you drink lots of water to help clear toxins. You may experience some muscle soreness or aches later on but these should pass quickly.