We don’t play calming spa music or waft inviting scents through the air. It’s not all that relaxing, and you definitely won’t fall asleep.
But if you’re struggling with any sort of tense pain, stiffness, or knots in your muscles, then going deep tissue might be just what the doctor ordered.
It’s not for everybody, though. And deciding if it’s the right fit for you can be tricky.
Before you book with us for your first session, it would probably help to know a bit more about a deep tissue massage, its benefits and how you’ll feel afterwards.
So, read on to discover if it’s exactly what your aching muscles need.
What Is A Deep Tissue Massage Anyway?
A deep tissue massage is a powerful form of therapeutic massage that focuses on the deeper sub-layers of muscle tissue.
Unlike lighter forms of massage, deep tissue uses a much more targeted approach.
The aim is to accurately put pressure on underlying muscle tension and fibrous adhesions (aka knots) to release pain and restore mobility.
It stimulates mussels deep in the facia, breaks down connective tissue fibre balls and helps address specific issues that prevent blood flow and cause inflammation.
Who’s It Good For
Deep tissue massage is very therapeutic for anybody who’s overburdened their body through the stresses of everyday life, whether through sport, work or heavy lifting.
It’s great for athletes looking to improve their performance, and some of the therapists in our Dublin studio have worked with golfers, triathletes, cyclists and swimmers.
Even if you’re a bit inactive, your muscles can become cold and stiff. A deep tissue massage gets right to the root of the problem. It warms up stiff muscles so they become more fluid and helps you move more freely.
A deep-tissue massage is probably your best bet if you’re badly affected by sore or achy muscles.
Preparing for Your Deep Tissue Massage at Diamond Thai
We want you to get the best results from your treatment and are committed to providing our clients with the best possible experience.
That’s why we’d ask you to arrive at least 5 minutes early so you can chat with one of our therapists, and we can customise the message to your individual needs.
We want you to leave us feeling relaxed, refreshed, and pain-free.
To get the most out of your session and feel comfortable throughout the experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water before and after your massage can help flush out toxins and promote a more effective result.
Communicate your goals and concerns: Before your appointment, take a few moments to think about what you hope to get from the massage. Communicate your goals and concerns to your therapist, whether it’s reducing pain, relieving stress, or improving athletic performance.
Think about Time: Session length for a deep tissue massage can vary widely and often depends on exactly what the issue is. But because muscles need to be warmed up, we recommend at least an hour to get to the heart of any problem.
There’s no one size fits all. We like to take a customised approach to each client, depending on their needs.
Our therapists don’t just jump in and start hammering away. There’s always a warm-up session to loosen muscles before moving on to trouble spots and applying more pressure.
We use many different techniques to apply pressure to the deeper layers of your muscle tissue. These techniques include slow deep strokes along troublesome tendons to loosen up and break down scar tissue.
As our therapists work, they use their knuckles, hands, elbows and sometimes even their feet and will adjust the pressure based on your comfort level, ensuring that your massage is effective without being painful.
One of the critical components of a deep tissue massage is the individualised pressure level. Our therapists use different pressures, from light to deep, depending on your comfort and the specific needs of your muscles.
Sounds Like it Might be Painful?
Everyone’s pain threshold is different. And the short answer is that a deep tissue massage can be a little uncomfortable. But as a wise man once said ’’no pain, no gain.’’
To be honest, it should just feel like you’ve done a hard workout. Because, in effect, your muscles just have.
If you feel too much discomfort during your massage, let your therapist know so they can adjust the pressure or switch to a different technique.
Communication is vital because the aim is to apply just the right amount of pressure to relieve pain without making you uncomfortable.
When having a deep tissue massage, the most important thing is to take a deep breath and try to relax. Tensing up makes things worse and only reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
Deciding if it’s Right For You: Deep Tissue V’s the others
What sets a deep tissue massage apart is the pressure and focus on particular mussels. But it’s not the only difference.
In some ways, it’s similar to a traditional Thai massage in that it works a far more significant proportion of the muscle groups when compared to something like a Swedish massage.
Most other types of massage are all about relaxation. That’s why you see them listed as spa therapies; they work much better for people who are tired, stressed out or anxious.
Deep tissue is all about compression and pressure to reach layers of muscle and fascia, which is far more helpful for individuals with chronic pain, muscle tension, or a limited range of motion.
What to do After Your Deep Tissue Massage With Us
The first thing to do is drink plenty of water. It keeps your muscles hydrated. We always recommend this post-massage because it helps flush all those nasty toxins from your system.
Rest and take it easy for the rest of the day too. You don’t want to put any pressure on those massaged muscles and injure yourself.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These stimulants interfere with the benefits of your massage and could increase any discomfort.
Applying heat to the affected area is always a good idea if you’re feeling sore or tender. It relieves pain and promotes healing.
We like tiger balm. It’s an old Chinese analgesic heat rub that is a bit like deep heat. Ask your therapist for some. We usually have plenty in stock.
Following these few aftercare tips help prolong the benefits of your deep tissue massage and ensures you reap the full reward of your treatment.
The 6 Brilliant Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Pain relief is, of course, the most apparent benefit. Deep tissue massage can work wonders for anyone suffering from chronic lower back, neck, shoulder or leg issues.
But research has shown it to be very therapeutic for a whole host of other problems.
1. Improved mobility
By targeting deep layers of muscle and fascia, deep tissue massage can help restore range of motion and flexibility, reducing the risk of injury and improving physical performance.
2. Reduced stress
Deep tissue massage stimulates the release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain-relieving and mood-enhancing chemicals. This can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote a sense of well-being.
3. Improved athletic performance
Deep tissue massage can improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury by breaking up muscle adhesions, enhancing the range of motion, and reducing muscle tension. It’s a natural legal performance enhancer that can help you recover quicker from strenuous training.
4. Improved sleep
Deep tissue massage has been shown to promote relaxation, relieve tension and stress, and improve sleep quality.
5. Improved posture
By releasing tight muscles and promoting a more balanced muscle tone, deep-tissue massage can help improve posture and reduce the risk of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues.
6. It reduces the symptoms of arthritis.
Deep tissue massage can help treat bent and swollen joints, stiffness and pain, as well as reduce muscle spasms.
Who Should Avoid a Deep Tissue massage?
Deep tissue is not for everybody. There are plenty of people out there who prefer a much gentler massage experience. While deep tissue massage is generally considered safe for most people, others should give it a wide berth on medical grounds, especially if you have: