What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a deeper, more intense massage that is meant to penetrate through the superficial tissues to reach the deeper layers of muscle, fiber, and soft tissues. You see, every part of our bodies are covered with fascia, or connective tissue. When the fascia is tight and tense, it can limit the underlying muscles and soft tissues from functioning at 100%.

Deep tissue massage may be the perfect solution for those of you in or near Manhattan who are struggling with chronic aches and pains. During a deep tissue massage, our massage therapists glide over your muscles slowly and with firm pressure to massage the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues (fascia). From a stiff neck to lower back pain, a deep tissue massage may provide the relief you have been searching for.

What To Expect During A Deep Tissue Massage

While some of the techniques may feel similar to a Swedish massage, this is not the case. Deep tissue techniques demand a different technique that breaks down muscle knots as the massage goes on. These knots can disrupt circulation, cause pain, and limit your range of motion, so it’s best to get rid of them as soon as we can! Your deep tissue massage begins with light pressure, gentle kneading, and gliding strokes to warm and loosen the superficial muscles (outer muscle layers) in preparation to access the deeper tissues. This also gives your body and mind a chance to decompress, allowing you to fall into a state of peace and relaxation. As your massage therapists begins working deeper into the underlying muscles, pressure is increased as they employ more focused, localized techniques to work out knots and release muscle tension.

Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?

This is often the first question people ask who have never received a deep tissue massage. Because everyone and every body is different, people experience pain and discomfort differently. What’s more, when a body practitioner works with tender, sore muscles and tissues, a person may experience varying levels of discomfort. It’s important to keep in mind that the goal of a deep tissue massage is not to cause pain, but to relieve it. That being said, there is a difference in the pain and discomfort experienced as the result of an injury and that of working with tense, tight, tender muscles. While there may be some discomfort with the applied pressure, this is normal. However, keep in mind that your experienced therapist is in tune with your body and will always listen to your feedback, so keep the lines of communication open during your massage. If the pressure is too much, please feel free to let your massage therapist know.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage offers many health benefits for improving and maintaining your health and wellness, along with helping you heal from injuries and managing chronic pain. Here are some of the benefits to be gained from deep tissue massage:

  • Relieves acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) pain
  • Releases muscle tension
  • Addresses trigger points
  • Enhances flexibility and range of motion
  • Encourages healthy circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Improves nerve function and mobility
  • Stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities

Book Your Deep Tissue Massage

For true, lasting relief, a deep tissue massage from the massage therapists at Buri Spa in Manhattan may be the optimal choice for you. You are welcome to combine this massage with a Thai traditional massage as well. Allow us to help you more confidently and freely move about your life without pain. Contact us today either by phone or online to ask any questions you may have. You can easily book your deep tissue massage by clicking the tabs to the right, selecting your desired deep tissue massage type, and clicking on the date and time that works for your schedule. Or, follow this link to schedule your first appointment at our Koreatown Spa today!

What’s the Difference Between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage?

These are both two of the most common massage modalities, but there are key differences between the two. Check it out.

Intended Use

Swedish massage involves the application of a lighter touch that encourages stillness, calmness, and relaxation to reduce physical, mental, and emotional stress and tension. On the other hand, deep tissue is generally used to address chronic pain conditions, as well as injuries, such as sports-related injuries.

Level of Pressure

While both types of massage involve manually manipulating muscles and tissues using fingers, hands, and even forearms, the level of pressure is much different. Swedish massage is a lighter, gentler massage that is delivered using light pressure, gliding strokes, kneading, and other techniques to manipulate various superficial tissues. Deep tissue may involve the application of greater pressure in localized areas using fingers, knuckles, hands, elbows, and specialized deep tissue massage tools to loosen trigger points and tight tissues located in the deeper muscle layers. 

Area of Focus

Swedish massage focuses on the superficial layers of muscle that are prone to tightness and tension. Deep tissue massage pinpoints the inner muscles and tissues that often become tight, tense, and stiff from chronic pain, repetitive use, fatigue, and injury. A deeper massage targets tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue to provide optimal relief and encourage healing where adhesions are present.

Why Would I Prefer a Deep Tissue Massage?

Unlike Swedish massage, which focuses on the superficial muscles, deep tissue focuses on the deeper muscles. This massage modality is ideal for anyone looking to relieve pain, especially chronic pain, while at the same time:

  • Loosening knots
  • Working out trigger points
  • Releasing built-up tension
  • Loosening tight muscles and tissues
  • Reducing stiffness
  • Breaking up scar tissue
  • Increasing circulation to help eliminate toxins from the body.

While most anyone can benefit from a deep tissue massage, deep tissue is especially beneficial for:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Tension
  • Stress-Related Pain and Tension
  • Sports and Athletic Injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Symptoms Caused by Runner’s Knee
  • And So Much More!