Deep tissue massage provides relief from muscle tension and tightness resulting from a muscle remaining in a contracted state.
The term "deep" in this technique of massage does not mean stronger or harder but refers to strokes that focus on the deeper layers of the muscles. These strokes include more cross fibre motions which apply movement of the muscle that results in stretching and lengthening the muscle fibres into a state of relaxation.
It is a misconception that a deep tissue massage means that you have to experience pain during the massage. If you are in pain and your muscles become tense and contracted then the massage is having the opposite of the desired effect. The goal of the massage is to gradually work the muscle causing it to relax or "melt" then allowing the next stroke to relax the deeper layers of the muscle body each layer in turn.
So how is a massage going to help me?
Deep tissue massage is beneficial and promotes recovery from activities that see certain muscle groups of the body become more contracted and tense during extended or sustained use resulting in an ache and stiffness in body movement, which is known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). DOMS can happen either after an event or during a regular activity such as training. Some fitness/sporting activities where DOMS is common includes swimming, running, weight training and CrossFit. This is due to these activities using the same groups of muscles to provide the movement, stroke or stride, and the action being repetitive building up the level of contraction and shortening of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage is also able to provide relief from more common aches and pains that come from daily activities, such as neck pain and back pain resulting from sitting at a desk or doing the gardening. As in many cases, the pain begins with overworked and tense contracted muscle fibres.
Not only does a deep tissue massage provide relief from aches and pains, it improves the body's range of motion (movement of joints) and flexibility as the lengthened muscles no longer restrict the movement. This improved flexibility also reduces the risk of injury as there is less stress placed on ligaments, tendons and muscle fibres.
So why is a massage with Laxare Massage different?
When you book a massage you are not booking a "whole-body massage" where the massage is the same for everyone, you are booking an appointment where the time is taken to assess your body and find out about you, your activities/sports, your pain, your concerns, your needs and together we tailor a strategy that best fits you and your body.