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Get To Know: How Deep Tissue Massage Works?



During the day, we are all engaged in various activities that require physical interactions. Ranging from walking, lifting, general exercising, working, and not to mention all the daily or weekly chores that need to be done. All these activities can undoubtedly cause muscle pain, aching and could eventually lead to chronic pain.

With chronic pain constantly giving you a hard time, you may already have tried a traditional massage or various stretching exercises. Although the condition may improve for a few days, the pain keeps coming back. One of the solutions that are able to deal with this specific problem is the “Deep Tissue Massage.”

You may wonder; what does a deep tissue massage do? Are there any side effects? In this article, we will get to know more about deep tissue massage, how it works, and some of the common side effects after getting one.


What Does A Deep Tissue Massage Do?

To relieve and relax muscle aches, a deep tissue massage primarily focuses on the “deepest layers of the muscles, tendons, and musculoskeletal tissues.” Hence the name deep tissue massage.

A massage therapist who practices deep tissue techniques would target knots and adhesions in the sub-layers of muscles and fascia. Using slow, deep strokes and concentrated pressure to break down knots, tightness, or scar tissue that forms following physical tensions or injuries. These “knots” are bands of rigid and painful muscle tissue. They can inhibit blood circulation as well as cause pain and inflammation. That said, Deep tissue massage is ideal for chronic aches and pains, especially in areas such as the neck, shoulder, and back.

During the session, the therapist would usually start with lighter pressure to warm up the muscles and work into deeper, more substantial pressure in the deeper layer of the muscle. So, it may not be as relaxing as a traditional massage, but the result is truly alleviating.


Key benefits of a deep tissue massage


According to various research and studies, a deep tissue massage can offer various benefits to your body, here are some of the notable benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure and heart rate

  • Relief of inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis

  • Reduce chronic pain

  • Stress relief (lower cortisol levels and increase oxytocin levels)

  • Break scar tissue and increase a range of motion

  • Rehabilitate injured muscles, especially sports-related injuries


These are just a few of the benefits granted by a deep tissue massage session. Now that we have uncovered the benefits, we should learn the possible side effects as well if we are looking to get a session.


Common Side Effects of Deep Tissue Massage

Unlike a regular massage which tends to be a relaxing body rub with essential oils and calming fragrance. As mentioned above, deep tissue massage involves muscle manipulation using a firm to strong pressure in order to support joint restrictions, knots, and adhesions in muscles and fascia. Simply put, deep tissue massage is more suited for those with medium to high pain tolerance, as certain areas of tension can prove to be painful when massaged. Additionally, you could feel ‘sick’ after getting a message, and here are the common side effects:

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Tiredness, soreness

  • Discomfort in the massaged area

  • Dizziness

Moreover, deep tissue massage has a low risk of harm, however, it may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with conditions such as:

  • Have a history of blood clots or a clotting disorder

  • Have a bleeding disorder

  • Have an open wound or skin infection

  • Experiencing nerve injury

  • Recently when through a surgery

  • Posting hernia condition

  • Have cancer or are undergoing treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation

So, for safety and well-being, it is best to consult with an expert therapist or ask your doctor if it is possible to get a deep tissue massage before booking a session.


How Do I Find a Deep Tissue Massage in Leeds

If you find that your chronic pain is not going away and if you are in the Yorkshire area, perhaps it is best to try out a deep tissue massage in Leeds, offered by Nuad Thai Boran.

Nuad Thai Boran Leeds - the leading Thai massage provider in Leeds, UK. Our expert and certified therapists are always ready to provide professional deep tissue massage in the UK, Thai massage in Leeds, traditional yoga stretching sessions, herbal therapy, facial spa, and more to provide you with the utmost relaxing and rejuvenating experiences.

Book a session with us and enhance a sense of your overall well-being.

Call Us: 07534274897

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