When our bodies go to work for us in exercise, our careers, or our at-home routines, they often develop places of sticking or gripping. In these areas of our bodies, the muscle fibers stick together almost like velcro. If we stretch, drink water, and attend to our bodies on a regular basis, we can manage our day to day life with relatively small levels of discomfort.
Inevitably we have life experiences that demand a little more from our bodies- whether it’s that extra long bike ride, the day-to-day pick ups of the kiddo outgrowing toddlerhood, or bearing the stress of work. As our body responds to these emotional stressors and our requests for physical engagement, adhesions develop.
Deep Tissue Massage employs friction and purposeful strokes to release and break up the severe muscular adhesions that have formed in the body. In comparison to other modalities, deep tissue massage utilizes very little oil to create more friction and heat within the muscle fibers. Long, slow strokes are applied to the superficial and deep layers of the muscle and connective tissue. This allows the therapy to be more effective.
While deep tissue is a favorite among individuals who frequently receive massages, there are many misconceptions about this unique modality. A primary misconception is that more pressure is better, which can result in a persistent request for ever increasing force on the muscles of the body. In actuality, releasing adhesions often only requires moderate amounts of focused pressure to separate the muscle fibers in the tissues.
The primary purpose of Deep Tissue massage therapy is to support an individual’s ability to experience any or all of the following:
- Release of deep muscular adhesions
- Increased range of motion
- Increased circulation to constricted muscles
- Relief of knotted fascia
- Pain relief
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I do to take care of myself after a Deep Tissue Massage?
- Hydrate! When adhesions are released in a Deep Tissue Massage the toxins that were bound in the fascia are moved out of the muscles and into our lymphatic system. The lymph system moves metabolic waste to our bloodstream and then on to our kidneys where our blood is cleaned. Rehydrating after a massage cleanses the whole body, allowing us to feel refreshed and restored.
- Consider taking a Magnesium Chloride bath or an oral magnesium supplement. Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, one of the most important being the breakdown and expulsion of acetaldehyde from our muscles, liver, and adipose tissue. The buildup of acetaldehyde throughout the body is one of the primary causes of hangover. This chemical occurs naturally in coffee, bread, and ripe fruit. It is also created by our liver when it breaks down alcohol. Talk to your doctor before utilizing any magnesium treatment as it can be contraindicated for some health conditions.