Advantages of getting regular deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia. The purpose of deep tissue massage is to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia.

During a deep tissue massage, practitioners use their fingers, thumbs, or elbows to apply firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It is sometimes called deep muscle therapy or deep tissue trigger point therapy. This therapy is usually combined with other massage techniques, such as Swedish massage or acupressure, to address chronic pain and tension. 

It can be quite intense, so people should communicate with their massage therapist to ensure they are comfortable with the pressure and amount of massage they receive. The massage therapist may use their fingers, elbows, and knuckles to apply pressure to the affected areas. It is important to communicate your comfort level and any areas of discomfort to your massage therapist. 

Massage therapy should be a relaxing and very soothing experience. Deep tissue massage can help to relieve chronic pain, increase the range of motion, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall well-being. It is important to consult with your doctor before beginning any massage therapy program to make sure it is appropriate for you.

Benefits of deep tissue massage

Pain management

The benefits of deep tissue massage are numerous. It can help reduce pain, increase range of motion, reduce muscle tension, break up scar tissue, enhance mental clarity, improve posture, improve breathing, increase relaxation and reduce stress. Deep tissue massage is also beneficial in breaking up and eliminating scar tissue that forms following an injury or surgery. 

Treating tissue scarring

Scar tissue is a thick fibrous material that forms within a wound or can form outside a wound due to fibrosis. Scarring can cause restrictions in movement and cause pain. Deep tissue massage helps break up this scar tissue allowing for a better range of motion and reducing pain.

Mitigate chronic muscle tension

Deep tissue massage is beneficial in reducing chronic muscle tension caused by repetitive motions such as typing or other activities resulting from an inactive lifestyle. It works by loosening tight muscles that form adhesions with surrounding tissues which can limit blood flow and cause pain. 

Increased blood flow

Deep tissue massage helps to break down these adhesions allowing for increased blood flow. Increased blood flow helps to deliver oxygen to the affected area promoting healing. 

Posture correction

Deep tissue massage can also help improve posture by releasing tight muscles which pull your body out of alignment, causing back pain or neck pain. Improved posture also reduces stress on the spine, which helps reduce back pain and prevents future problems from developing. 

Psychological benefits

Massages help you balance body and soul, especially deep tissue massage has many psychological benefits, It can reduce stress levels by lowering cortisol levels (stress hormone) in the body. This helps to relax the body leading to improved mental clarity and increased relaxation.

Boosts immunity

Finally, deep tissue massage helps boost your immune system by increasing white blood cell counts, which are responsible for fighting off infection and increasing circulation, which aids in detoxification processes in your body.

Manages Anxiety & Depression

Massage has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with depression and anxiety by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels in the body (the stress hormone). It also releases endorphins, natural mood regulators that create feelings of well-being and relaxation in mind. 

Improves Skin Condition & Appearance

Massage has been found to increase blood circulation throughout all layers of skin providing oxygen-rich nutrients needed for healthy skin cell production. Furthermore, it stimulates sebum production (the oily fluid created by sebaceous glands which lubricate the skin), improving its appearance and leaving it looking softer, smoother and more hydrated after each session.

Reduces Pain & Discomfort From Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Many studies have shown that deep tissue massage can effectively reduce symptoms associated with conditions such as arthritic joints (caused due wear & tear), fibromyalgia (caused due overactive nerves), sciatica (caused due nerve irritation) etc. Not only does it improve flexibility, but it also increases endorphin production and provides relief from painful symptoms associated with these conditions so you can go about your daily activities with ease.

Increases Mental Alertness & Focus

Massage has been found to increase mental alertness and focus due to its calming effect on both body and mind, reducing stress levels and allowing people to think more clearly about tasks at hand. Deep tissue massage promotes better sleep, improving mental clarity during day-to-day activities.

Helps Prevent Injury

Regular massage sessions can help prevent injuries both before they occur (by stretching out tight muscles) as well as after they occur (by helping injured tissues heal more quickly). It also reduces inflammation, a common symptom associated with injury or overuse syndrome such as tendonitis or bursitis.

Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion

Massage helps improve flexibility by stretching out sore or tight muscles that can restrict mobility if left untreated or not stretched properly regularly. Regular deep tissue massage can increase the range of motion around joints, which is important for everyday activities such as bending over or reaching up high shelves or cupboards without feeling stiff or uncomfortable afterwards.

Bottomline

In conclusion, deep tissue massage offers numerous benefits. At Prana Wellness in Airdrie, we are committed to providing top-quality massages that help clients unlock the abovementioned benefits. 

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