Sitting at a desk or standing all day can be hard on the muscles not to mention the joints. Relaxing can be a real chore when your body is tied up in knots from remaining in one fixed position for most of the day. What you need now is a deep tissue massage to iron out the kinks.
Now, here’s a warning for those who are new to massage therapy. A deep tissue massage is not the one to start with first. If your body has not been touched by the hands of an experienced massage therapist, it might feel like Nurse Ratchet is working on you. Some of the kneading techniques used in a deep tissue massage can be uncomfortable when applied and you don’t want to walk out of there crying (can you still walk?).
It’s not as bad as it seems for most people. When you visit a massage therapist you will be asked a series of questions designed to get at what is causing you problems. If it is soreness in the muscles from sports, exercise or stress, you already know what real pain feels like. If pain relievers or heat packs didn’t do the job, the muscle is in need of some real TLC. To unknot those muscle fibers, the massage has to target those areas with pressure to do the job.
A deep tissue massage works well for people who suffer with chronic pain as a result of their jobs. It seems to go away for a while but comes right back. Places of recurrent muscle pain are mostly the neck and shoulders and the lower back. A deep tissue massage is in the cards for you.
Like most Western massages, you will lie on a massage table. It could be one with the hole for your face or you may be asked to turn your head to the left or right. You will have to remove your clothing but how much you feel like shedding is up to you. You remain covered with towels the entire time.
Massage oils are used to cut down on friction between their hands and your skin. With a deep tissue massage, there will be pressure touches with the fingers and also the elbows. As soon as the massage therapist touches you they will be able to tell just where the problem is.
Immediately after the massage, your body may feel sore. The muscles have been sorted out and the areas will feel tender. After a day or two the relaxation tends to take over and you feel the full benefit of the deep tissue technique. You’ll be astonished by the lack of tension in your muscles.
Has pain got you down or stress tying you up in knots? Try a deep tissue massage to work out the pain and knead in the comfort.