Deep tissue massage involves the manipulation of the deep layers of muscle tissue in the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up joints. The purpose is to make the body relax and reach these layers in order to lengthen and release harmful holding patterns. The deep tissue massage is generally performed more slowly and firmly. This deep tissue massage focuses on major muscle groups like the neck or lower back along with joints and tendons.
The form of deep tissue massage is considered as a sports massage by most of the people. This massage can improve muscle recovery and joint mobilization and prevent injuries. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use very firm, deep pressure to treat chronic pain believed by experts. Deep tissue massage began to gain attention during the mid-19th century in the west starting in Canada and making its way throughout the U.S.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage? Let us see some benefits of this massage. It treats chronic back pain. The study found that deep tissue massage treatment over therapeutic massage, the deep tissue massage has better improvements in pain compared to therapeutic massage. It also has clinical benefits for treating ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine. It also helps in lower high blood pressure. It had positive effects on systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure readings in adults with pain and high blood pressure symptoms. It also reduces stress, anxiety and muscle tension. It helps to stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension and at the same time it lowers psychological stress and releases “happy hormones” like serotonin and oxytocin.
The chronic stress and muscle tension can cause inflammation which lead to worsened overall health, longer recovery time, reduced immune function and cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure. Massage therapy can help to lower cortisol levels and even boost production of the hormone called oxytocin which relaxes the body and has soothing effects. Oxytocin also known as “cuddle hormone” which is released during hugs, birth, social bonding and from touch. Deep tissue massage helps in oxytocin and also improves relaxation by boosting activity of the parasympathetic nervous system as measured by heart rate, blood pressure and heart rate variability.