What is it and how can it help me?
Massage is often seen as a self indulgent, luxury treatment. That however is not the case Whilst there is a plethora of massage styles and types in the world most people will be familiar with Swedish massage. However deep tissue massage is often packaged in a variety of names so it is often called sports, remedial or clinical massage.
Deep tissue massage is a therapy that works on not only the top layer of muscle but also the deeper more structural muscles so it works on a many levels. It’s a therapy that is designed to help the body cope with soft tissue issues. Whether they are a degenerative or a outside force causing breakages in fibres through wear and tear, complications or stress.
This massage technique can aid arthritic, fibromyalgia and bursitis, just a few conditions though to whiplash and over-use issues. muscle soreness even migraines and headaches.Deep tissue massage has developed use of a variety of techniques from direct pressure to indirect, encompassing dynamic movement to stillness and stretching.
- Trigger pointing a technique designed to target trigger points mapped through the body that relates to pain
- Fascia release: working with the fascia, this is the connective tissue that surrounds everything and works like a lubricant to allow items to slide and move as well as being a supportive role.
- NMT or MET both similar they allow the therapist to release the muscles whilst using isometric movement
- Stretching is often used to increase the muscles to reduce pain and increase healing.
- Hot and cold therapy. Cold and heat can aid in healing and working as an effective analgesic
Regardless of technique, massage has so many benefits to the individual it’s hard to understand why it would be considered a luxury instead of a necessity.
Some of the benefits include:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Aids muscle, tendon and ligament healing
- Relieve stress
- Relieve postoperative pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Manage low-back pain
- Help fibromyalgia pain
- Reduce muscle tension
- Enhance exercise performance
- Relieve tension headaches
- Sleep better
- Ease symptoms of depression
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
- Improve balance in older adults
- Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Promote relaxation
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Help chronic neck pain
- Lower joint replacement pain
- Increase range of motion
- Decrease migraine
- Aid healing with scar tissue breakdown
I am passionate about this therapy. It is not only a science but an art form. The treatment is completely bespoke and authentic to the individual. The wonderful thing about any massage, as my tutor once said “is that it is like a snowflake completely individual and can not be recreated.” Massage is about the individual and helping release tension, re calibrate and recover. It’s not about self indulgence but purely about self care and maintenance. It is in my eyes as important as drinking water, having a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Take care Alex