Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage involves applying pressure to the deep layers of muscles and connective tissues with the goal of breaking down knots and adhesions. Unlike other forms of massage therapy, such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage involves slow strokes and typically firmer pressure to reach the deeper muscles and tissues in the body. This form of massage is usually aimed at treating chronic pain, muscular injuries, reducing inflammation, and improving motion range in muscles. Deep tissue massage can be performed with lighter pressure as well, so be sure to clarify “firm” versus “deep” with your therapist.

What are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Licensed Massage Therapists who specialize in deep tissue massage in Denver work closely with every client to tailor massage sessions to their clients’ specific needs.

Some benefits of deep tissue massage include:

Relieving chronic pain

Deep tissue massage can effectively relieve chronic pain by breaking down tight muscle fibers and scar tissue that cause pain.

Reducing inflammation

The techniques used in deep tissue massage reduce inflammation by promoting lymphatic drainage and releasing toxins from the body.

Improved posture

Deep tissue massage helps loosen up tight muscles and connective tissues, which can lead to improved posture.

De-stressing and relaxation

Getting a deep tissue massage in Littleton can help promote relaxation by releasing tension and reducing overall stress.

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

Deep Tissue Massage FAQs

Yes! Deep tissue and firm pressure are NOT synonymous. While many people like firm pressure in a deep tissue massage, you can also achieve tension and pain relief from a deep tissue massage with gentler or medium pressure. Speak with the front desk when booking to be sure your appointment is with a therapist who specializes in a less firm deep tissue massage. If you are an individual who does not enjoy firm pressure and are looking to relax more than alleviate pain, we recommend you book a Swedish massage session.

You don’t have to! Experienced massage clients typically know how to ask for deep tissue, trigger point or other modalities which have helped them previously. However, many individuals begin their massage wellness journey by booking a therapeutic massage session and then asking their licensed massage therapist (LMT) questions to narrow down the types of modalities and techniques to be used in the session. LMTs are trained to address the unique challenges and goals of their clients, and will also make suggestions for your follow-up plan, to include specific massage modalities.
Not always, but they are frequently used synonymously. While a medical massage is certainly therapeutic, be sure to clarify your specific needs when looking for the best therapist for you. Most licensed massage therapists (LMTs) are trained to address a wide range of medical issues and symptoms. For specific needs like lymphatic drainage, prenatal massage or oncology massage, please seek a properly trained LMT.
It should not be. While pressure is applied to tight tissues and muscle knots to release tension, it may be momentarily uncomfortable, but should not be painful. It is important to communicate your expectations with your therapist prior to any trigger point therapy session.
Trigger point therapy can be incorporated into a deep tissue, myofascial release, or neuromuscular massage session. A deep tissue massage is typically requested to break up tense muscle tissue, address joint paint and soothe overall problem areas. Trigger point therapy is used to further target localized areas of tension by applying sustained pressure. Most commonly, trigger point is used within a neuromuscular massage session.

Trigger Point Therapy focuses on identifying and releasing trigger points, which are localized areas of muscle tightness and hypersensitivity. The goal is to alleviate pain and dysfunction by releasing these specific points within the muscle. Myofascial Release (MFR) primarily targets the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and organs. MFR aims to release restrictions and adhesions in the fascial system, promoting improved flexibility and reducing pain. Both therapies can be integrated during the same massage session.

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