What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Updated: Apr 11


A deep tissue massage is a type of therapy that focuses on deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is suitable for those who want to relieve chronic pain or muscle tension as well as athletes who may be recovering from an injury. There are a range of techniques used in a deep tissue massage such as trigger point release, stretching, pressure point work and friction.


The Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage


Deep tissue massages can target the whole body or specific areas. As a deep pressure therapy, a therapist will delve deep into the muscle to release tension, stiffness and chronic pain. A deep tissue massage helps with injury recovery too, by breaking down scar tissue in the muscles. It is most effective for individuals who have been experiencing discomfort for extended periods.


What Does a Deep Tissue Massage Involve?


During a deep tissue massage, a masseuse will use a large array of techniques to stretch your muscles and remove deep tensions. The technique that your deep tissue massage therapist uses is dependent on the needs of the person and the specific area of the body being targeted.


Deep tissue massages can sometimes be uncomfortable because a masseuse will apply deep pressure into your muscles to untangle knots. If the pressure feels to much always speak to your massage therapist to find a strength that works for you.


Deep Tissue Massages vs Swedish Massages


Deep tissue massages use deeper pressure than Swedish massages. Therefore, they can be a little more painful than regular therapies. Techniques like friction and cross fibre frictions apply firm pressure to release tension in the muscles. Additionally, the deep tissue therapist will perform circular movements around your muscles before they go any deeper.


If you are interested in receiving a deep tissue massage, you can book a deep tissue treatment on our website or give us a call on 0208 874 4500 to find out more.

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