Deep tissue massage is a very popular treatment option. After an introduction to massage with relaxation massage, you may elect to try something more than “basic” massage. Deep tissue massage is an effective tool in treating more advanced problems, such as chronic muscle tension, pain, and injury. Some just enjoy a more thorough massage experience. Because it may be too intensive for you, you should avoid deep tissue massage until you are comfortable with heavier pressure.

The therapist may use varying styles of contact which can include the heel of the hand, fists, or elbows to reach underlying muscle layers. Deep tissue massage does not mean it will be painful or difficult to tolerate, necessarily, if the therapist is a true professional. Experience with a variety of clients will give the therapist knowledge and familiarity with the right amount of pressure for the desired effect. However, your therapist is not a mind reader, and every person is different. As always, client communication is essential in keeping the therapist informed of what is right for you. Fear of offending the therapist by avoiding feedback will benefit neither of you.

Your first experience with deeper pressure may bring about some minor soreness the following day. This is due to the elimination of substances which may have been trapped within the muscles and organs. Drinking water after your massage is helpful in flushing the body of these toxins and eliminating soreness. After 24-48 hours, you should see a noticeable difference in your physical condition. If you feel you are too sore, mention this to your therapist on your next visit, so they can adjust your treatment options and make note of them on your client intake record.

Deep tissue massage is beneficial in resolving muscle tension. Your massage therapist is not qualified to diagnose specific problems, but they may have clues to discovering how to identify your issues. For an actual diagnosis, a trained physician or medical expert may be referenced for further consultation.