Deep tissue massage helps to treat chronic or recurring muscle pain. Common reasons you may seek out deep tissue therapy is to get relief from lower back pain, release tension in a stiff neck, sore shoulders, and upper back, or to loosen tight muscles in your arms and legs. It is used to break down knots and relieve pressure points throughout the body. Sometimes involves the therapist using firmer pressure to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this massage is often recommended for people who are comfortable whit a slightly more intense touch.
This style of massage therapy has been proven to provide relief from sport or work injuries, chronic headaches, TMD/TMJ, high blood pressure, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, sciatica pain, and even fibromyalgia.
On top of relieving pain, deep tissue massage can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, help with depression, and can even help to break up scarred tissue. Many of these health benefits can be felt immediately after your massage treatment, but some may require regular treatments to really experience the benefits.
To begin your deep tissue massage treatment, your massage therapist will first warm up your muscles using warm oils and direct pressure. This helps to relax your top layer of muscle, so your therapist will be able to reach deeper layers of the muscle tissue. Once your muscles are warmed up, your massage therapist will apply deeper pressure using their hands, elbow, knuckles and thumbs. They will apply sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This can help to break up any scar tissue that may have formed from an injury or repetitive motion.
During a deep tissue massage, you may feel some discomfort. The discomfort should feel like a “good hurt”, the kind that feels good at the same time — like you’re giving your body something it’s been asking for.
But it should not feel painful. Pain may cause your body to tense up, making it harder for your massage therapist to reach the deeper layers of muscle. So, if you feel any pain, let your massage therapist know.
That way they can adjust their technique or further prep your muscles before continuing. It is important to feel open and relaxed with your massage therapist so that you feel comfortable providing feedback on the pressure and area being worked on. Massage pressure tolerance is incredibly varied from person to person. This is why we often recommend a recurring appointment with a massage therapist you enjoy.
Note: Sometimes your therapist may combine Swedish (aka relaxation massage) massage techniques and deep tissue massage techniques, depending on the issue you’ve described. At Alia wellness centre we like to cater to our treatments to the unique needs of our clients. This is why we’ll also start your appointment by asking you what has brought you in, so we can adjust your treatment accordingly.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Most of our clients are interested in deep tissue massage, and that makes sense because it is a great way to manage pain. Deep tissue massage—as well as the other therapeutic massage methods—can give you a lot of relief from chronic pain
Deep Tissue Side Effects
Many people want to know what the side effects of deep tissue massage are.
That’s a great question, and it varies from person to person—and it can even vary for you depending on what’s going on in your body the day you get a massage. Typically, people may feel more muscle soreness for a day or two after the massage, especially if the therapist gives you a strong massage. A deep tissue massage shouldn’t cause horrible pain—and if it does you need to tell your therapist you need less pressure. However, if they’ve been working your muscles, you will probably feel it as the toxins leave your body.
Another side effect is a feeling of disorientation when the massage is over (we call it massage drunk). You may be a little light-headed and out of it. That’s very normal. Just sit in the lobby and drink some water until the feeling passes! You’ll usually be fine in 10 to 15 minutes.
Finally, a deep tissue massage will leave you dehydrated. That’s why your therapist gives you water when it’s over. It is very important to drink plenty of water after a therapeutic massage.
Your choice of 30, 45, 60, 75, and 120 minute durations
60 or 90 minutes
Style & Pressure
Deep and targeted pressure. Firm and slow strokes.
$60 for 60 minutes, $90 for 90 minutes.
Deep tissue massage is suitable for those who may be experiencing chronic pain or discomfort, muscle aches, strains, or sports-related injuries.