What To Expect From Your First Deep Tissue Massage

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Kathy Iandoli

At some point in your life, you may have had a massage. Perhaps you went to a professional massage parlor once or even had a friend or partner do it for you in the comforts of home.

And at some point, someone has suggested a “deep tissue” massage. It sounds intense, right? Well it is. While deep tissue massages can be really great for your body, there are some things to keep in mind when you embark on this journey. Here’s what to expect and how to handle a deep tissue massage.

1. “Deep Tissue” Means DEEP TISSUE

Much like any other massage, deep tissue massages utilize a variety of techniques that can help your sore muscles achieve repair and eliminate pain. With a deep tissue massage, the technique differs in that the masseuse will apply more pressure to certain areas of your body in an effort to reach the deepest layers of tissue surrounding your muscles (called “fascia”) as well as deeper muscle tissue. The ultimate reason is to break away scar tissue (or “adhesions”) at the heart of your muscles that could either have formed from injury or prolonged wear and tear.

2. Yes, It’s Gonna Hurt

Okay, maybe “hurt” is a strong word, but you may feel a little discomfort during a deep tissue massage and even after. The reason being, various degrees of pressure are being applied to otherwise tight muscles that have issues lying dormant in your body. However, those everyday twinges of pain in your muscles can go away with just a few simple yet intense maneuvers during a deep tissue massage. And sure that does lead to “more pain” per se, but that pain ultimately goes away. Isn’t that worth it? Pro Tip: If you’re in real pain during the massage, just say so. The masseuse will ease up.

3. You Must Relax

Understand that entering into a deep tissue massage with muscles in a ball of tension will only mess up the whole experience for you. Try as best as you can to unwind your muscles and relax. This will help the masseuse achieve the muscle relaxation goals you are looking for in the long run. It’s also best to stretch after your massage and try not to overwork your muscles for the day following your session. Give yourself some rehabilitation time.

4. Ice Ice Baby (And Water)

Once your massage is over (deep tissue massages are typically about an hour), you may have to ice the parts of your body where the deepest pressure was applied. This will reduce any inflammation and prevent pain and swelling. Water is another major part of after-massage therapy. Drinking water following any massage is essential to flush away toxins, but following a deep tissue massage it’s especially vital. Many people complain of being light-headed following a massage and drinking enough water can help reduce that sensation. Also don’t eat a large meal before your massage so you’re not nauseous during or after it.

5. Know Your Body

Have you experienced blood clots or had any recent surgery or medical treatments for terminal illnesses? If so, you may not be the best candidate for a deep tissue massage. Also, if you have any skin conditions or you’re prone to feeling a graduated level of sickness or pain or even a rash after a traditional massage, deep tissue may not be for you as the intensity can worsen those symptoms.

Check with a medical professional first

if you have any concerns and have a licensed masseuse perform a deep tissue massage. The benefits beyond helping your muscles are plenty, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving flexibility. It’s definitely worth it, but make sure you’re equipped to handle it first!

This is is a syndicated post. Read the original at getbevel.com

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