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Deep tissue massage therapy

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Deep Tissue massage, still quite unknown in France, is very popular in the United States and Canada. There is no official translation of this technique at the moment. In France, it is used as it is, which probably explains the confusion around it. An easy way to do this would be to simply think of a more vigorous massage; this could frighten many French people who would be afraid of suffering agony!

deep tissue massage therapy

As I worked in California for many years, I often had the opportunity to massage Americans who asked me for deep tissue massages and who always wanted a very strong massage "press as hard as you can ! "that they said... with often this underlying idea: "if I don't suffer, it's because it doesn't work/ no pain no gain". This confusion does not only concern French people!

If you suffer from tensions and pains that a classic Swedish massage cannot solve, then deep tissue massage therapy may be the right solution for you! During this type of massage, the massage therapist applies a stronger and more precise pressure on the problem zone, which is not necessarily always pleasant. But it is worth it, since it helps to relieve pain in the long term!

Deep tissue massage is a treatment for chronic tension and overwork injuries, such as tennis elbow tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. The massage therapist uses his forearms, elbows, fingers, fists and hands to release adhesions. These bands of rigid tissue can cause pain and inflammation, while limiting movement and circulation in muscle tissue. This can include stiffness in the neck, upper back and legs, or pain in the lower back and shoulders. Deep tissue massage realigns the different layers of tissue, acting on tendons, ligaments and fascia (the protective tissue membrane that surrounds bones, joints and muscles), as well as muscles to release tension and relieve pain.

Is deep tissue massage therapy for you?

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem:

  1. chronic muscle pain
  2. rehabilitation after an injury
  3. stroke
  4. repetitive strain injuries
  5. posture disorders
  6. sciatica
  7. sports injuries
  8. recovery after a fall
  9.  muscle tension or spasms in the gluteus or hamstring muscles, quadriceps, rhomboids, ilio-tibial tract and upper back

It has also been shown to be more effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis than many other alternatives, such as exercise and physiotherapy, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet and glucosamine. 

I also recommend you this massage in case of:

  1. fibromyalgia, as it often offers an immediate improvement in mobility
  2. its benefits go even further than muscle and pain relief
  3. it also reduces blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels
  4. a massage that is as beneficial for the body as it is for the mind, allowing you to relax and be more positive.

Does deep tissue massage therapy hurt?

The benefits of deep tissue massage therapy go even further than muscle and pain relief, as it also reduces blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels.

It looks so beautiful... you're probably wondering where the trap is.

Is deep tissue massage painful?

Is it worth it?

Will I be able to handle it? 

At certain times of treatment, most people experience some discomfort. This is almost inevitable when intense and direct pressure is applied to painful or injured areas. The scar tissue relaxes and the muscles lengthen, the knots relax and the deep muscle layers are restored. When treating particularly tense areas, taking a deep breath can sometimes help. It is very important to report painful areas to your massage therapist and inform him/her when the pain becomes too intense. He can then easily relieve some pressure or use more oil to help relax the muscles. It's even better if you can have several sessions and give your body time to gradually readjust.

After this massage

You will usually feel some stiffness or tension after this massage, but it should not last more than a day or two.

  1. To relieve it, you can do some stretching. 
  2. You can also apply ice to painful areas. 
  3. Feel free to drink plenty of water, to rehydrate the muscles and drain the toxins released during the treatment. 
  4. Another advice: eat light before the massage and avoid any physical activity afterwards.

Good to know

The massage therapist will not be able to act directly on bruises, inflamed or infected areas, skin rashes or wounds, weakened bones or recent fractures, tumours or abdominal hernias. If you have recently undergone surgery, chemotherapy or any other medical procedure, talk to your doctor before performing a massage.

Deep tissue massage (or any other form of firm pressure) is not indicated during pregnancy (except by a specialized professional) or for some people with osteoporosis. It can even be dangerous for people with blood clotting problems, as it can dislodge any clots. Deep tissue massage can significantly improve mobility and reduce chronic pain.


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