Deep tissue massage is a foundational technique that many massage therapists know well. But if you’re the one on the massage table, you may be asking “what is deep tissue massage?”
Deep tissue massage is different in that it focuses on deeper layers of muscle and fascia. This type of massage is also used to break up knots, or adhesions, in your muscles. Massage therapists use slightly more pressure and specific techniques to target the areas that are tight in a deep tissue massage. Compared to other massage therapy techniques, deep tissue massage can be more focused and specific.
There are many different techniques and ways to provide a deep tissue massage. The first thing a massage therapist will do is warm the muscles up. They will do this with lighter massage. This is also when the massage therapist will find the areas that are tight and need special attention.
Once the muscles are warmed up, the therapist will start to apply the right amount of pressure to help “untie” the knots or loosen adhesions. Some massage therapists even use forearms, elbows, and thumbs to apply the right amount of pressure to specific areas. While pressure is sometimes increased during deep tissue massage, this shouldn’t mean more pain. With proper technique and preparation, deep tissue massage should still be relaxing and stress relieving.
This type of massage has been known to help with more than just muscle tension and adhesions. Some of the benefits of deep tissue massage may include: