If you have chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. These adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by breaking down these adhesions to relieve the pain and restore your normal movement. The massage therapist will often use direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
During a deep tissue massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain so it is important you tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any pain you experience is outside your comfort range. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should only last a day or so. Your massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
This type of massage goes deep into the muscles to work out tension at a core level and to treat postural imbalances, sporting injuries and general muscle tension.
This is a good amount of time for specific areas of tension like neck and shoulders or lower back aches. Maybe you need your calves worked on after exercise or you have problems with your feet. This can be good for regular maintenance of existing or past injuries as well.
The extra 15 minutes over the 30-minute session allows for more focus on specific areas of tension.
The most popular time slot and good for larger areas like the upper half of the body or lower half of the body. Neck and Shoulder pain often involve the lower back as well and so it is recommended to have an hour to thoroughly address the whole back. It is possible to have a full body massage if you are happy with less time spent in each area, although we do recommend an hour and a half for full body deep tissue massages.
This allows enough time to address the whole body or thoroughly address larger areas of the body and get relaxation as well. This can be important in the body’s process to integrate new muscle memory. Yes, muscles have memory and can hold the memory of tension for as long as that tension has been going on. So it can be very helpful for the body to have deep tissue therapy to work out the tension and then some relaxation to integrate this new memory by relaxing longer before going “back to work.”