Deep Tissue differs from deep pressure massage in several ways.
Deep pressure is able to be sustained though the full session and is used in warming up and prepping the muscles for deep tissue. Deep pressure will open the two first layers of muscle tissue allowing general aches and pains to be eliminated. Deep pressure is good for loosening up “recent” built up muscle tension, form a hard work week or a bad nights sleep. The five Swedish massage techniques are employed; effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibrations (either shaking or rocking). The pressure range is from light to deep. Clients are able to relax and will not feel pain due to pressure unless a more intense issue; knot, trigger point, bruise, or fatigue/swelling, is present.
Deep Tissue massage is a modality separate from Swedish massage and is for specific issues which cause chronic pain, or limit range of motion. Deep Tissue focuses on one or two muscle groups to retrain the muscles at the root of the problem, and is not sustained for the full massage. Deep Tissue is good for breaking up scar tissue and holding patterns such as frozen shoulder syndrome. Deep Tissue uses cross-fibering and deep muscle stripping and three-phase compression to break up knots and adhesions. Clients can experience some discomfort and pain during deep tissue massage, as pain spindles start working again, nerves are released from being compressed, and adhesions are broken up. Pain experienced should never be above a 5 1/2 on your pain scale of 1-10 (1= able to feel the pressure, 10= bruising pain) and you should have open lines of communication with your massage therapist.
Specific after care for Deep tissue should be as follows:
– 1 Gallon of Water within 24 hours of your massage (before, immediately after, and the rest of the day)
– a heating pad for 15-20 min
– a mild anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen can help with the after-session pain; you should never need more than your average dose to make it though the next day.
The after-effects of Deep tissue can affect you for up to 3 days; the first day after your session will be the most sensitive with the effects tapering off by the third day. If the effects are severe (such as feeling unable to lift or move your limbs, achy all over or nauseous the next day), your body is having a hard time flushing the toxins that have been reintroduced to your system due to dehydration. Make sure that you are drinking enough water and are getting enough electrolytes (vitamins) to help strengthen your immune system while you flush the toxins that have stayed dormant in fat and muscle tissue.