What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage in Albuquerque
Deep Tissue Massage is an excellent form of massage therapy for athletes, relieving chronic pain or headaches, and recovering after surgery or injury. There are several studies showing that Deep Tissue Massage helps athletes heal from injury or soreness 50% FASTER than rest alone!! That is awesome!
But, Deep Tissue Massage is often misunderstood. The "Deeper is Better" mentality is no longer valid.
The effectiveness of "Deep Pressure" on muscles is great, but only with the right amount of pressure. Too much pressure can bruise the muscles and send you away with more pain to heal from than what you started with.
Too little pressure is what we call a "Fluff n Buff". This is when you feel like a salad from the oil applied with feather like pressure. It's like you wasted your entire hour getting sunscreen applied. Yuck.
An effective Deep Tissue Massage is somewhere in the middle.
Though my office is often referred to as "Ruth's House of Pain", that doesn't mean that clients leave bruised. What it does mean, is that finding the trouble spots often takes quite a bit of pressure and when The Spot is found, it can hurt a bit.
The trick is to find "The Spots", which takes some pressure, and then to back off and relax every muscle around the area, and the muscles possibly being "recruited" to help the injured muscle(s). This pressure is medium at most.
When looking for a Massage Therapist who can give you an effective Deep Tissue Massage, look for at least 2 years of experience, and ask about their pressure. Newer therapists tend to think "Deeper is Better", and you can hear it in the way they talk about the amount of pressure they can use. Just because you CAN GO DEEP, doesn't make it effective.
As a Massage Therapist, there is no better learning tool to slap you in the face than seeing the bruises you caused on someone elses body....all the while believing that you were doing "good", and seeing your client recovering from your "helpful" Deep Pressure.
Using deep pressure in the right way makes a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in how the client will feel after the massage. Soreness after 2 hours is just not acceptable anymore.
As an athlete, if you can do your sport without pain 24 hours after a Deep Tissue Massage, then your Massage Therapist has done an excellent job. This knowledge of "correct pressure" takes many failed massages, bruised muscles and sore athletes.
This is why, having a Sports Massage or a Deep Tissue Massage with a new Massage Therapist RIGHT BEFORE an event is not recommended. Your Massage Therpist needs to learn how to help you, and you need to learn how to "Help them Help you" with clear communication.