Deep tissue massage works on the muscles’ underlying connective tissue to loosen up tight ‘knots’. The massage is similar to the techniques used in Swedish massage and bamboo massage – increasing circulation in affected areas, stretching tissue and releasing toxins that are trapped in the adhesions. Sometimes the massage involves the use of elbows in order to apply firm focused pressure in a specific area.
What we now call deep tissue massage originated, experts believe, in ancient Egypt. It only became used widely in the west after 1949.
Does deep tissue massage hurt?
People often think deep tissue massage is painful but it should never actually hurt. You may feel sore afterwards though because it really works painful areas – once that feeling subsides the effects will be great.
When is deep tissue massage appropriate?
Deep tissue massage can provide relief from pain and stiffness associated with sports injuries, whiplash, osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia and strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Multiple sessions may be required to get the maximum effect. Deep Tissue Massage should never be used on clients with infectious skin diseases, open wounds or rashes, or immediately following surgery.