What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

For many people, the holy grail of massage therapy is the deep-tissue massage. This type of therapy is actually quite similar to the Swedish massage, but it involves the use of deeper pressure.

Since a deep tissue massage penetrates deep into the muscle, it’s great for people who suffer from chronic muscle tension problems.

The main focus of a deep tissue massage is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue. However, it’s also used to focus on the fascia and tendons, which make up the protective layer that surrounds the joints, bones and muscles.

How Does It Work?

These massages go DEEP

This type of massage therapy is almost identical to the technique used for a Swedish massage, but it involves a greater level of pressure used on the client. Like a Swedish massage, it can involve the use of hands, elbows and fingers, or the massage therapist might also use a variety of tools.

In the Journal of Alternative Medicine, there is a study that says a 45 to 60-minute deep-tissue massage can reduce blood pressure. This is great for people who routinely suffer from high blood pressure.

Other studies show that a deep-tissue massage reduces the amount of stress hormone in the blood while increasing relaxation and enhancing mood. Put simply, a deep-tissue massage has many of the same benefits to offer as other types of massages. It’s also great for triggering the release of serotonin and oxytocin.