Deep Tissue Massage
Our expert massage therapists are trained in the art of deep tissue massage, a technique that involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage is particularly beneficial for athletes, people with chronic pain or tension, and anyone looking to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
At Bristol Chiropractic Sports and Family Clinic, we understand that each individual has unique needs and preferences. That's why we work with you to customize your deep tissue massage to ensure you receive the best possible experience and results.
Whether you're recovering from an injury, looking to relieve stress, or simply want to improve your flexibility and range of motion, our deep tissue massage therapy can help. Book your appointment today and let our experienced massage therapists help you feel your best.
Please note, after a Deep Tissue Massage, it is common to experience some physical reactions. These may include increased blood flow and circulation, which can result in a feeling of warmth and flushing in the skin.
Some people may experience slight soreness or tenderness in the treated areas in the following days, but this should dissipate within a day or two (Also known as delayed onset muscle soreness).
It is also important to drink plenty of water after a Deep Tissue Massage, as this can help flush out toxins and aid in muscle recovery. Overall, the physical reactions to a Deep Tissue Massage should be positive and beneficial for the body.
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions that you may find helpful in advance of your visit to us.
What is the difference between Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage?
Sports massage and deep tissue massage are two types of massage that are commonly used to relieve muscle tension and pain. Although both types of massage involve the application of deep pressure to the muscles, they differ in terms of their objectives, techniques, and target population.
Sports massage is primarily aimed at athletes and sports enthusiasts who have a specific goal in mind, such as improving their performance or recovering from an injury. Sports massage techniques are often applied to specific muscle groups that are involved in the sport or activity, with the aim of increasing blood flow, reducing muscle tension, and enhancing flexibility. Sports massage may also involve the use of stretching, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.
Deep tissue massage, on the other hand, is more generally focused on the relief of chronic muscle tension and pain, as well as the release of adhesions (knots) in the muscles. Deep tissue massage techniques involve applying sustained pressure to the deep layers of muscle tissue, with the aim of breaking up adhesions and reducing muscle tension. Deep tissue massage may also involve the use of slower strokes, friction, and compression.
While both sports massage and deep tissue massage involve deep pressure, sports massage tends to be more targeted and intense, with a focus on specific muscle groups, whereas deep tissue massage tends to be more generalized and focused on the entire body.
In summary, the main difference between sports massage and deep tissue massage lies in their objectives, techniques, and target populations. Sports massage is aimed at athletes and sports enthusiasts, with a focus on improving performance or recovering from an injury, while deep tissue massage is more generally focused on relieving chronic muscle tension and pain.
What is the difference between Massage and Deep Tissue Massage?
Massage and deep tissue massage are both forms of therapeutic touch that involve manipulating the muscles and soft tissues of the body. However, there are some key differences between the two. While massage typically involves the use of long, flowing strokes and gentle pressure, deep tissue massage is more focused on specific areas of the body and uses slower strokes and deeper pressure to target the deeper layers of muscle tissue and connective tissue.Deep tissue massage can be more intense than a regular massage, and it may not be suitable for everyone. Additionally, deep tissue massage may be used to address specific issues, such as chronic pain, while massage is often used for relaxation and stress relief.
What happens when you get a deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that is designed to target the deeper layers of muscle tissue and connective tissue. During a deep tissue massage, a massage therapist will use slower strokes and deeper pressure on specific areas of the body. This can help to break up adhesions (knots) in the muscles, relieve tension, and reduce pain.
The therapist may also use their fingers, hands, elbows, and forearms to apply pressure to the deeper layers of tissue. While deep tissue massage can be beneficial for many people, it may not be suitable for everyone, and it is important to talk to your massage therapist before scheduling a deep tissue massage to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your needs.
What do you wear to a massage?
When getting a massage, it is typically recommended to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing as you will be asked to undress so that your therapist can access the areas that are to be worked on.
Your massage therapist will provide you with a sheet or towel to cover yourself during the massage, and only the areas being worked on will be uncovered at any given time. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist about your comfort level and any concerns you may have.
Why do some people get tired after a massage?
After a massage, some people may feel tired or even sleepy. This is a normal response to the relaxation and reduction in tension that can occur during a massage. Massage can also help to release toxins from the muscles, which can cause feelings of fatigue.
Additionally, massage can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can help to slow down the heart rate and promote relaxation. It is important to stay hydrated after a massage and to take it easy for a little while to allow your body to fully relax and recover.
What happens if you don't drink water after a massage?
It is important to stay hydrated after a massage, as massage can help to release toxins from the muscles, which can be eliminated through urination.
If you do not drink water after a massage, you may experience symptoms such as headaches, muscle soreness, and fatigue. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after a massage to help flush out any toxins and to keep your body hydrated.
What not to do after massage?
After a massage, it is important to avoid activities that may cause further muscle strain or stress, such as strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, or intense physical activity. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and large meals for a few hours after a massage, as these can interfere with the body's ability to relax and recover.
Additionally, it is important to listen to your body and to take it easy for a little while after a massage to allow your body to fully relax and recover.
When should you not massage someone?
There are certain conditions where you should avoid giving or receiving a massage. These conditions include:
Infections: Massaging an area with an infection can spread the infection to other parts of the body.
Skin conditions: Massaging over a skin rash, burn, or other skin condition can cause further irritation or spread the condition.
Inflammation: Massaging over an inflamed area can aggravate the inflammation and cause more pain.
Recent injuries: Massaging over a recent injury can interfere with the healing process and cause further damage.
Blood clots: Massaging over an area with a blood clot can dislodge the clot and cause serious complications.
Cancer: Please speak to your therapist in advance if you have cancer, as we need confirmation from your GP if you are ok to proceed with any interventions.
It is important to consult a medical professional before giving or receiving a massage if you have any of these conditions or are unsure about whether massage is safe for you.
Why do they say not to shower after a massage?
It's often recommended not to shower immediately after a massage, especially a deep tissue or Swedish massage, as the oils and lotions used during the massage need time to absorb into the skin. Showering immediately after a massage can remove these oils and lotions, which can diminish the benefits of the massage.
Additionally, taking a hot shower immediately after a massage can cause blood vessels to dilate, which can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. It's recommended to wait at least 30 minutes after a massage before showering to allow the oils and lotions to absorb into the skin and to allow the body to fully relax.
What is the best time of day to get a massage?
The best time of day to get a massage depends on your individual preferences and schedule. Some people prefer to get a massage in the morning to start their day off relaxed and refreshed, while others prefer to get a massage in the evening to unwind after a long day.
It's important to consider your schedule and energy levels when scheduling a massage. If you have a busy day ahead, it may be better to schedule a massage in the evening or on a day off when you have time to rest and relax afterward. Similarly, if you tend to feel more energized in the morning, a morning massage may be better suited to your needs.
Ultimately, the best time of day to get a massage is when you can fully relax and enjoy the benefits of the massage without feeling rushed or stressed.
We look after clients from all over Bristol and the surrounding areas. Locally around BS6 we see patients from Westbury park, Henleaze, Redland, Westbury-on-trym, Bishopston, Cotham, St.Andrews and Clifton.