Deep Tissue Massage Brighton

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage uses slower, more forceful strokes to target deeper layers of the muscle and connective tissue within the body.  The primary goal of deep tissue massage is to alter the structure and muscle restrictions which someone may be experiencing. This may present itself in the form of pain or a restricted range of movements. A deep tissue massage can be full body, or focused on an area of the body, such as lower limbs or upper body.

It is a popular myth that deep tissue massage is a ‘hard’ massage, this is not true. A more focused treatment would be a more accurate way to describe it.  It does not require more effort or strength to do, just strong focus and less speed, combined with the interest and fun of ‘problem solving’.

Sometimes a client describes any kind of strong sensation as ‘pain’. It is helpful to clarify what they are actually experiencing, it could be warmth, stretching or even emotions of some sort.

A popular myth is that there is ‘no pain, no gain’. This is untrue. If the treatment is very painful, then the massage is being done too fast. A slow deep tissue massage should not hurt. The line between discomfort and pain can be unclear. The deep tissue massage may feel slightly uncomfortable at times, which is when good communication between the client and therapist is crucial. I always ask the client to let me know if their levels of discomfort rise above 6 or 7 out of 10. This empowers the client and keeps them in control of their treatment. If at any point something begins to feel actively painful, then the therapist often needs to slow down to ensure the soft tissue ‘melts’ sufficiently before moving over the tissue. If the client tightens rather than relaxes, then the therapist is working too intensely.

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Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage can alleviate pain and bring about better flexibility and posture. The client is often left feeling refreshed, deeply relaxed and invigorated. It is also a great stress reducer.

Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains. It is also effective when it comes to injury rehabilitation. Some of the  strokes used are similar to classic Swedish massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. People often notice an improved range of motion soon after a deep tissue massage.

Deep tissue massage side effects

Sometimes a client may feel slightly achy for a while after a deep tissue massage treatment, but at the same time should notice a much improved range of mobility and a reduction or elimination of any original pain issues. This achy sensation will disperse within a few hours.

Deep tissue massage verses sports massage

If you have an injury or a specific area which you need addressed, then a sports massage would be a good choice. It does not have to be a sports related problem.

A deep tissue massage is a firm focused massage which can be more general to the body, whether it is for the full body or a smaller area of the body.