Deep tissue massage is a massaging technique that uses slow but deep strokes across the muscle grain

By applying pressure using fingers, deep tissue massage will relieve chronic muscle tension, from those areas of the body which are contracted due to tension and stress.

The massage is focused on deep tissue massage structures of the muscle and fascia (called connective tissues). The therapist will work on shortened muscles and will look for distorted postural patterns to work on them. With slow but deep strokes muscle fibres are lengthened and this helps to reduce stress, restore balance and establish the functional integrity of your body. When applying strokes, the therapist uses fingers, flat elbow opposing thumbs, foot heel or hand heel, reinforced finger and the forearm.

You may experience soreness, when you have the deep tissue massage or after it, however, within a day or two you should be feeling better. After having the massage, you feel healthier because it loosens muscle tissue and as a result toxins built up in muscle get releases. Blood and oxygen in the body circulates better and as a result you feel fresh and revitalized. After the massage, drink plenty of water because toxins stored up in the body is released after the massage and these will get eliminated from the body.

People suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, edema, hot stones massage, and even carpal tunnel syndrome, feel quite relieved after a deep tissue massage. This is because the technique of applying slower, but strong strokes on the affected areas increases blood circulation in these areas.

Now-a-days deep tissue massage has become so popular that it is replacing the Swedish massage with which it has many similarities. However, it is not recommended for everyone. Here’s a list of conditions under which you should no take deep tissue massage:

• If you have undergone surgery, deep tissue massage should not be done immediately after the surgery.

• If you are suffering from osteoporosis, better consult a doctor before opting for deep tissue massage.

• If you are undergoing hot stones massage or radiation treatment, deep tissue massage should not be taken, unless specifically recommended by the doctor.

• If you are prone to blood clots, deep tissue massage can cause the blood clots to b dislodged, so it should be avoided

Keep all the factors in mind before going in for deep tissue massage. If your physical condition requires deep tissue massage, you will find considerable relief in taking this massage.

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