Is a Deep Tissue Massage for me?

Is a Deep Tissue Massage for me?

Here at Compass Physio across our three sites in Enfield, Castlecomer and Tullyallen we have listened to your requests for qualified and highly trained therapists providing deep tissue massage services.

We know have Jack in Castlecomer and Chloe in Enfield offering this service
You can see their bios by following this link Staff Bios

What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage is not like Swedish massage (often the kind of massage that you would receive at a spa). Deep tissue massage is much firmer.

Deep tissue massage uses techniques that the therapists are trained in to

  • Break down muscle “knots” in the muscle that can can cause pain and negatively influence circulation.

At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles.

Common techniques include:

  • Stripping: Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
  • Friction: Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release knots of tissue

There are numerous benefits to a deep tissue massage including:

  1. Reducing injury risk in both people who are involved in sports and indeed those who have more sedentary job that can involve a lot of sitting or driving.
  2. Enhance performance during activity. This can include the sporting element where with less muscle tightness people can move more easily. Often for non sporty people there can be a reduction in discomfort and pain leading to greater concentration levels and focus enhancing performance in work.
  3. Speed up the recovery and healing process after an injury. Massage can help to assist the body in clearing away negative cells from an injury site and assist in gaining return to function quicker.
  4. Help with diagnosing issues before they arise. A skilled therapist may identify areas of tension that if left untreated could lead to further issues. You may also be given some exercises to keep the muscles mobile.
  5. Lower psychological stress and can promote the release of positive hormones like oxytocin and serotonin.

Does Deep Tissue Massages Hurt?

At certain times during the massage, you may feel some discomfort or even some pain as the massage therapist works on areas where there are adhesions or scar tissue.

Pain isn’t always necessary to achieve a positive response.

In fact, your body may tense up in response to pain, making it harder for the therapist to reach deeper muscles.

What to Expect

  • Our therapists will take a full and detailed history from you to understand the best treatment for you
  • We use neutral oils to lubricate the skin
  • Therapists can use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage.

Post Massage

  • After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness
  • This will settle within 24-48 hours
  • You may also be given some stretches or foam rolling to so post exercise.
  • Drinking water after the massage may help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.

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