Deep Tissue Massage is quite similar to Swedish massage, except deeper, slower, and this massage technique concentrates on areas tention and pain to reach deeper layers of muscles, tendons and fascia (protective tissue of bones, joints and muscle) to treat chronic muscle tention and pain. When there is chronic muscle tention or an injury most of the time there is adhesions (bands of painful and or unyielding tissue) in the muscles, tendons and ligaments, which can block circulation and cause, limited movement, pain and inflammation.
In a study found in the Journal Of Alternative and Complementary Medicine proved that a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue style massage can lower people's blood pressure, and in addition, a 2010 metta- analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage such as deep tissue therapy can reduce stress levels and heart rate as well as brightening moods and increasing Relaxation because it triggers the release of oxytocin and serotonin into the blood stream.
The way that massage of the deep tissue works is it physically breaks down these adhesions and by doing so relieves pain and restores movement back into the muscles. To do this the massage therapist must use a massage oil and sometimes requires a direct deep pressure. The muscles of the client must be relaxed for the therapist to be able to reach this deep musculature.
If the client is not relaxed not only can the therapist not reach the deep muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments that need work but it can also cause harm to the client. During a massage of the deep tissue it is completely normal for the client to encounter some discomfort and pain. When the therapist finds these spots it is very important to inform him/ her if the pain or soreness is outside you comfort range. There is usually some stiffness or soreness after deep tissue therapy and massage, this should subside in a day or two. The therapist very well instruct you to ice an area that was well worked to keep any possible swelling down.