There are lots of different types of massage, but you can pretty much always split them into two categories: relaxing or functional. Deep tissue massages fall under the latter category.
A deep tissue massage is not relaxing. A trained massage therapist uses intense pressure to release tension deep inside your muscles, and work out any knots caused by stress, posture or exercise. The results can be felt almost instantly.
Our desk-bound lifestyles and gym-centric fitness regimes can cause our muscles to tighten and contract, and over time this can result in permanent damage to your posture. Stretching before and after exercise can help keep muscles loose and relaxed, but if you tend to follow the same workout regime, or spend long hours crouched over a computer, you will probably need to go the extra mile.
A deep tissue massage once every couple of months can help improve muscle performance, circulation and flexibility, as well as reducing stress levels and promoting better sleep patterns; what’s not to like?
But be warned – a good deep tissue massage should hurt at least a little bit, and you may feel like you’ve just had a workout for a day or two afterwards. Aid your recovery by taking it easy after your massage.