It’s done with firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle and fascia. It is used to soothe chronic aches and pains in stiff areas such as upper back, for leg tightness and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage is therapeutic and used for rehabilitation, not relaxation. So, one needs to be prepared to feel some discomfort during a deep tissue massage and even after the massage. It’s done by lying on the stomach or back, while the massage therapist applies various degrees of pressure on tight muscles and the ones that are lying dormant to relieve pain.
The benefits of deep tissue massage therapy are similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension.
It helps to reduce blood pressure and also stress hormone levels, cortisol and heart rate, while boosting one’s mood and helps soothe sore muscles. It helps to trigger the release of oxytocin making one feel calm and rejuvenated.
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