Deep Tissue Massage

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Taking Time for Relaxation is Not Easy

It can be easy to be caught up in our work and not take time for our health. With an ever-growing to-do list, taking time and relaxing cannot be easy. But it’s important to do so for our mental and physical health. One way to do this is to invest in a deep tissue massage.

Swedish vs Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage is much more intense and focused than a regular or Swedish massage. This type of massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia, targeting issues and knots that don’t respond to a traditional Swedish massage. During a deep tissue massage, the manual therapist will use their fingers, knuckles, elbows, palms, and/or tools to apply pressure to the affected areas. They often combine long strokes with more intense, focused strokes, allowing or encouraging the tissue to release tension and knots. Because of this, a thorough initial evaluation is required to uncover red flags and highlight goals, as in any manual therapy.

Besides increased circulation and muscle relaxation, some expected benefits of a deep tissue massage are reduced headaches, neck pain, joint stiffness, and relief from chronic muscle tension. It can also help improve posture, help release endorphins, and give you better overall well-being.

If a regular massage is what you’re looking for, a Swedish massage is generally the way to go. During a Swedish massage, the therapist will use long, firm strokes to increase circulation and establish a sense of calm in the nervous system. If that’s not enough, it’s best to go the extra mile with deep tissue work.

Investment in Health

Ultimately, getting a massage is an investment in the health of your mind and body. So take the time to give your body and mind the relaxation and attention they deserve with a massage. When done right and regularly, a deep tissue massage can be an incredibly therapeutic and beneficial experience.

Croft Castrell is the owner of Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy. He has been in private practice since 2015.

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