Lots of people praise deep tissue massage for its relaxation, healing, and health-boosting properties. Other people worry that it is too rough and can be painful. So, with so many different types of massage to choose from, how do you know if deep tissue massage is the right one for you. Here are some common questions people ask when they’re wondering the same thing…
Is deep tissue massage painful?
This is the top reason for avoiding deep tissue massage, but it is mostly misunderstood. Massage therapists will tailor the pressure they apply based on your preference and tolerance levels. If you’re in pain during a massage, then you will subconsciously tense up your muscles, which will make the massage less effective. So, it is not in the massage therapist’s best interests to put you through pain.
Many people, especially if it’s their first time, will keep quiet if they are in pain on the massage table, too embarrassed to admit it. This means your therapist won’t necessarily know that they need to adjust the pressure, unless they feel your muscles tensing up. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist to give you the most effective and comfortable experience possible.
Is it the same as Swedish massage?
Deep tissue massage is often confused with Swedish massage, probably because these are the most commonly referred to massage types. They do use similar massage techniques involving kneading the muscles and fascia. Swedish massage typically works the whole body, whereas deep tissue massage may target a specific problem area. Swedish massage also tends to use lighter touches than deep tissue massage.
Is deep tissue massage relaxing?
If you’re solely looking for a relaxing massage experience, then Swedish massage is probably better suited to you. However, many people do find deep tissue massage to be a relaxing experience, as long as you communicate with your therapist about the pressure levels and target areas. It certainly has relaxation effects in the hours and days after your massage.
What can deep tissue massage treat?
As well as its relaxation benefits, deep tissue massage is a great option for pain relief. It is an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain or a variety of ailments, such as carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, whiplash, sports injuries, and tension headaches. Common pain and tension in the neck and back can be treated with either Swedish massage or deep tissue massage.