If you’ve been feeling tense, sore, and tight then you might need a deep tissue massage. Our lives are full of stress and after we have been sitting down for hours it can cause our muscles to tighten up. This article will help you find the best deep tissue massage in Bristol.
The main benefits of a deep tissue massage on the body include:
In addition to these physical changes, some people find a deep tissue massage to be more relaxing than softer massages. This comes down to personal preference and it is worth asking your therapist what level of pressure they estimate they use. As every massage therapist is slightly different you may find a different type of massage suits you better with certain therapists than others.
Some of the strokes used in a deep tissue massage will feel a lot like those used in a Swedish massage. However, it is not the case that deep tissue is simply the same techniques applied with stronger pressure.
The deep tissue massage techniques are designed to physically break down knots in the muscle and break up scar tissues in the body. These are ares which can cause patients pain if not seen to and may need assistance from a massage in order to heal properly. If unattended these can limit circulation of blood, which in turn can decrease physical performance and healing. They can also cause a lack of mobility and become inflamed, causing the patient to experience discomfort and pain.
At the start of the deep tissue massage the therapist will usually warm up the body and prepare the muscles by using lighter pressure. Once this is achieved the therapist will then use specific techniques to treat the needs of the patient.
These include ‘friction’ where pressure is applied across the grain of muscles. This technique is used to release adhesion’s and help realign tissue fibres. In addition to this the therapist may use a technique known as ‘stripping’. This is focused along the length of the muscle fibres and typically used the elbow, knuckles and thumbs to achieve the right levels of pressure.
There is no set number of deep tissue massages which you can have in a certain time period. A regular person can gain benefit from this type of massage on a monthly basis. This will keep your body fresh and relaxed without over doing things.
If you are an athlete or involved in high levels of training deep tissue massages can aid recovery and help protect the athlete against injury. High level performers should discuss this with their trainers, coaches and therapists to find the right balance.
Because deep tissue massages use large amounts of pressure, we would recommend having only a light meal prior to the massage if needed. The last thing you want when you are trying to relax is to feel uncomfortable while trying to digest a large meal! To gain the most benefit from your massage its best to be as relaxed as possible before starting.
Now I know what you are thinking, ‘isnt the massage supposed to do the relaxing?’. Well yes, but having an already relaxed body will ensure you get the most out of the massage. To do this we recommend arriving 10 minutes before your appointment.
This will enable you to clear your head and put the phone away to focus on your massage. Unclench your jaw and relax your shoulders. We hold large amounts of tension in these areas without even noticing. You will start to be more consciously relaxed and enjoy your massage all the more!
Drink plenty of water – this will help you to recover from the small tears in the muscle fibres which will occur during the massage. It will also help to get rid of any toxins which have built up in your body.
Take a shower – having a warm shower after the massage can help relax the body (and clean off any excess oils used!)
You may feel sore or stiff after the massage and even into the next couple of days depending how often you have massages. This is completely normal. Try to relax your muscles and avoid tensing up.