When Is Deep Tissue Massage Right for You?

Not every style of massage is right for every person. Your body type, your stress levels, your daily routine, and your fitness level all play in to determining what the best massage therapy might be for you. But even when you find the right technique, it may not always be the same.Deep Tissue Massage, for example, may work well for you in one session, but feel more painful than helpful in another.

When you come to Versatile Vitality for your Albuquerque massage therapy needs, we don’t just rely on what we did for you last time to guide our efforts. We get to know you and your needs over time, but we know that your life, your body, and your needs change. Your trouble spots may differ, and the reasons for them can further necessitate different treatments over time. So when you go in for your Albuquerque massage, be ready to talk to your therapist about what you are dealing with at the time. We can recommend the best treatment for you that day, both for the present moment and as part of a long-term plan.

Deep Tissue Massage

What Are You Experiencing?

Massage styles cross over in some ways. Any massage, for example, helps you relax, but the best choice differs depending on how you carry and experience that stress. Some people feel generally tired and sore or fatigued, an all-over malaise that requires a gentler touch. Others carry it in their back or shoulders, or with knotted muscles in their legs or arms. Identifying your primary concern as stress helps, but how that stress manifests itself makes a big difference.Similarly, muscle tension can require different kinds of treatment depending on how it comes about or manifests itself. Scar tissue from old injuries might keep you from recovering fully, and leave you feeling tense and tight. Or you may have overdone a workout or had a long day sitting or standing at work, which can leave your body tight and tired. The kind of stress you have put your muscles through can impact how different kinds of treatment might work for you.

People with some specific conditions can benefit from deep tissue treatment. If you have back pain, especially if it limits your mobility, deep tissue massage helps loosen the muscles and improve your condition. It also can help with repetitive stress injuries and muscle spasms, as well as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. On the other hand, if you have recently had surgery or chemotherapy, or if you have blood clots, you should ask your doctor before you schedule this
kind of work with your Albuquerque massage therapist.

How Deep Tissue Massage Works

If you experience chronic muscle tension, or if you have a specific muscle injury, the discomfort can manifest itself in different ways. It can lead to impaired circulation or inflammation, leaving you in pain much of the time. Many people struggle for much longer than they need to, because they expect it to go away or get better on its own. An Albuquerque massage therapist can help you feel better with deep tissue massage, which provides a targeted treatment to improve those conditions.

Deep tissue massage works well in pinpointing particular areas of discomfort in your muscles. It works by applying firmer, deeper pressure to the muscles and muscle fibers, unsticking and loosening tension that a lighter touch cannot reach. The masseuse uses a slower, firmer stroke to help focus where you need it most. It works not to soothe your body in a holistic way so much as to work through individual problem spots.

Before this begins, your massage therapist needs to help you relax. Tight muscles do not allow for the kind of pressure work that deep tissue massage relies on. This will start with setting the atmosphere in the room, creating a calming environment through control of light, temperature, and sometimes aromatherapy. In addition, the massage may begin with stretching and Swedish massage techniques to soothe, elongate, and loosen your muscles.

From this point, the deep tissue work begins. Your massage therapist will use oil to smooth the strokes as the massage starts to work deeper. The pressure will start to get more intense and focused over the course of the massage. This includes breaking down scar tissue and then pushing into the muscle to work out the deeper knots that cause muscle tension and pain.

Before, During, and After Your Treatment

Deep tissue massage is intense. Before you go in for treatment, you should stretch and drink plenty of water to help relax your muscles. Do not eat a large or heavy meal, as being overly full can disrupt your system and make the experience less pleasant. Come at least a few minutes early for your appointment so you can take some time to relax and discuss your problem areas with your therapist.

Most people who receive deep tissue massage work report feeling discomfort or even pain during the procedure, and soreness for one or two days after. While this is normal, everyone has a different threshold for pain. If this is your first deep tissue treatment, be sure to let your therapist know if the treatment is too intense for you. Sometimes this means we need to soften the technique, or take a little more time working into the muscles. Other times, we need to back off the area or the style and shift gears for you.

At Versatile Vitality, we provide an effective deep tissue treatment for our clients. Part of that effectiveness is our responsiveness to your needs. You can lie down silently through our treatment, and we are comfortable with that. If you feel pain or discomfort during the process, though, let us know, and we will adjust to your needs. We want to be your preferred Albuquerque massage therapy provider. We feel that the best way to do this is to provide the treatment you need, when you need it. Contact us today to let us deliver on your Albuquerque
massage therapy needs.

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