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Chinese Deep Tissue Massage
Most people have experienced the relaxation of getting a massage, not to mention the benefits it offers on so many levels. There are several types of massage but probably the most popular is a deep tissue massage, which focuses on realigning the deepest levels of muscles and connective tissues. It is also extremely therapeutic in cases of stiff neck, tightness in the lower back, and soreness in the shoulders. Basically, the same methods that are used in classic massage therapy are used in deep tissue massage. The difference is that the movement is slower and deeper pressure is applied in concentrated areas of pain.
What usually happens when there are chronic muscle injuries or tensions, adhesions, which are painful bands of tissue, occur in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. At this point the adhesions could block circulation, which causes pain, restricts movement, and creates inflammation. The way a deep tissue massage works is by breaking up the adhesions, giving relief from pain and also restoring mobility.
When considering a deep tissue massage, some people experience some discomfort or pain at certain points during the massage. If this is the case, it is important to let the massage therapist know so that they can adjust pressure to your liking. Some even experience stiffness after a deep tissue massage but it should disappear within a day or so. Depending on your degree of soreness, the massage therapist may recommend and ice pack on the sore areas.
The reason for stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage is because unlike classic massage that is for relaxation, a deep tissue massage is for focusing on a particular problem. These issues could range from chronic pain and limited mobility to fibromyalgia and muscle spasms. Many people feel that a deep tissue massage is more effective in relieving pain from osteoarthritis than physical therapy. Some experience improved mobility immediately after a deep tissue massage.
When administering a deep tissue massage, a massage therapist may use their knuckles, fingertips, hands, elbows and forearms. You may be asked to take deep breaths during work on extremely tense areas. Make sure to drink as much water as possible after the massage as this will flush waste and other toxins from the tissues.
A deep tissue massage can be extremely beneficial and often helps to alleviate muscle aches and pains. But one should also be realistic about the perceived results a deep tissue massage can offer. Often times, people ask for more pressure during the massage thinking that if the massage therapist pushes hard enough, it will completely alleviate the pain. Not only is that not possible but the therapist should advise that more than a deep tissue massage is needed to relieve pain, especially for any chronic pain. Working out any chronic kinks and tension will be better accomplished with a regimen of regular exercise, working on your posture and techniques for relaxing along with consistent massages. A massage should accompany a lifestyle of healthy living where taking care of yourself with plenty of exercise, healthy food and plenty of rest is first priority.
To schedule your deep tissue massage - contact us at (954) 873-0363
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