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Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. It can relieve muscle pain and stiffness and provide stress-relieving relaxation for the body and mind.

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.

It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Read on to learn more about deep tissue massage, including how it stacks up against Swedish massage and what to expect during a session.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to you unwind mentally, too.

A 2014 study involving 59 participants found that deep tissue massage helped to reduce pain in people with chronic low back. The authors likened its effects to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil).

People have also reported that deep tissue massage helps with:

  • sports injuries
  • fibromyalgia
  • plantar fasciitis
  • high blood pressure
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow

As its name says, deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is an intensive massage using strong techniques designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres and to release excessively ‘stressed’ muscles, tendons and fascia.

Using deep muscle compression and friction, the purpose of Deep Tissue Massage is to unstick the fibres of the muscles, release toxins and deeply held tension and trigger points and get the blood and oxygen circulating properly. Specific hand positions and strokes are used to respond to various tissues while breath and movement techniques are employed to release muscular congestion.

Both corrective and therapeutic, it is beneficial for many physical problems, including sports injuries and chronic pain. Because it works very deeply, emotional issues can also be addressed, when these have been stored in the body.

Deep Tissue Massage is suitable for active and inactive people and those with poor posture, stress or work involving repetitive actions.

Whether you’ve overdone it at the gym or work long hours at a computer, this treatment will help to improve your flexibility and free your body from tension.