Deep Tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (also called connective tissue). With this type of massage there is more intense pressure and focus on specific muscles.
Because of adhesion or tight muscles, the brain may shut off sensation to part of your body by blocking the lymphatic system. Massage re-awakens your awareness of these muscles as it moves waste products that have built up. This leaves room for new and healing blood cells to move into the muscle.
Although this type of massage accompanies a healing process this can cause discomfort as your body adjusts to the sensation. Here are a few things you can do to help decrease post massage muscle soreness:
1.) Continue to receive massage:
The more often you receive massage, the looser you muscles can become. Deep tissue massage will therefore cause less soreness.
2.) Drink water:
Restoring hydration to the body will assist the kidneys in removing toxins that can be released during massage from the body.
Static stretching (holding a stretch for 1 to 2 minutes) can be especially helpful in improving elasticity in the muscles.
Light to moderate exercise such as walking or swimming will increase blood flow to muscles and as a result will help heal and loosen the muscles.
15 to 20 minutes of ice on the sore area will constrict localized blood vessels and decrease tissue temperatures, which will cause a calming effect on the muscles.
Massage in general can make you feel great and we are always here to help you look and feel your best. Book an appointment today and high five yourself later.