Deep tissue massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around your body. This gets rid of toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal. Deep tissue massage is often used as physical therapy to treat people who are recovering from accidents, for sports injuries and injury rehabilitation and those in chronic pain.
This type of massage therapy increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused and lowers heart rate and blood pressure. It also relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, from neck pain to upper back pain, and can break down scar tissue and "knots" deep in the muscles.
Lastly, deep tissue massage is a blanket term that describes a number of different therapies, and is often used medically by physiotherapists, chiropractors and so on. Deep tissue massage features in most forms of massage to some degree, including:
Deep tissue massage is particularly effective therapeutic massage for people with muscle pain from working out or a well laboured job.
Deep tissue massage uses slow, firm strokes and pressure to ease and release tension deep in your muscles.
Deep tissue massage does what it says 'on the tin' - it is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Similar though different to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower and firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments - deep finger pressure that concentrates on particular areas, and follows or goes across the fibres of muscles and tendons.
Unlike deep tissue massage, Swedish massage therapy uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.
Best known for soothing tight muscles and boosting well-being, Swedish massage also offers a whole host of other health benefits, including:
easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
improving blood circulation and blow flow throughout the body
helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple and improving range of motion
If your feet are feeling stiff and sore, giving yourself a foot massage is a fast and easy way to get relief and you don't have to be as good as us —even the most basic DIY foot massage will help warm up your aching muscles busy or away from us.
Massaging your feet can also help ease your stress and reduce swelling due to fluid buildup (edema) in your feet. Read on to learn a few simple techniques to get your aching feet feeling better in no time!
Sit down and rest your foot on your knee
Rub lotion or oil over your entire foot
Knead your foot with your knuckles for a deep massage
Rub or press with your thumbs for more targeted pressure
Spend extra time on areas where your feet hurt
Wiggle or pull your toes gently to massage them
Stretch your foot by gently pulling your toes back
Stroke up and back lightly to relieve swelling
Do some light foot and ankle stretches
Try a foot roller or electric massager for targeted relief
A Swedish physical therapist, and teacher of medical-gymnastics born AD 1776 Pehr Henrik Ling. Pehr had often been erroneously credited for having invented "Classic Massage" aka "Swedish Massage", and has been called the "Father of Massage". Thank you Pehr for setting the way for us to rejuvenate each other.