Deep tissue massage is focused on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, lower back tightness, and sore shoulders. Through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles, tension will be released.
One of the best benefits of a deep tissue massage is the increased blood flow it causes. Because of direct pressure on the muscles, the blood circulation increases throughout your body. As a result, increased blood flow boosts the oxygen supply to all of the tissues. With more oxygen circulating in the blood, toxins such as lactic acid are removed from your muscles at a higher rate.
Another positive benefit of deep tissue massages is stress relief. The forceful and firm pressure forces the body to relax and ultimately relieve tension. Flushing out toxins also helps to put the body and the mind into a more relaxed state. This can more easily lead to physical relaxation of stiff muscles.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage.
If you are someone who has a busy work life, who travels a lot, or who has tension in some body parts, a monthly or even bi-monthly deep tissue massage can do wonders for your long-term relaxation and mood.