Deep tissue massages can be defined as a technique of massaging that is more localized and focused on the deeper muscles of the soft tissues. In this procedure, a massager generally starts by massaging the upper portion of a joint, muscles or muscles’ group and then goes down reaching deeper tissues. If this way of massaging is not used then muscles might get tightened to protect the area and swelling then can lead to damage to that area. The tools often used during to perform such type of massage include flat elbows, opposing thumbs, the mount area of palms and the forearm.
In case, there is chronic muscle tautness or injuries, affected area generally has adhesions (bands of tender and rigid tissues) in particular muscle, tendon or ligament. Adhesions may block blood circulation and produce pains, restricted movements, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage will work by physically breaking down such adhesions that in turn, relieves pains and restore normal movements.
To perform the deep tissues massage, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction that is put across the plains of the muscles. Depending on how massage receivers feels and the therapists or massage centre visited, the receiver either needs to wear loose-fitting comfortable apparels or just towel to wrap her/his body. Oils can be used, but they should be medicated oils or aromatherapy oils.
The period of a deep-tissue massage session or course differs depending upon what is required and why exactly the massage is performed. However, any massage session is not likely to last more than one hour. In addition, the course probably includes about six sessions separated over some weeks or even months, until the massage receiver is a professional sportsperson. Many tough people ask for more pressure that is quite okay since more the pressure put, deeper the cleansing happens. However, certain body areas such as kidneys, liver, heart etc should not be pressed vigorously.