Franklin Massage Therapy / Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a great way to get to
the lower layers of muscle in your body. And to be honest with you, almost every one of my client's wants a deep tissue
massage. But here's the secret to getting a great deep tissue massage....let the massage therapist work slowly to get
to those lower layers of muscle. Let me explain.
Your muscles are great at protecting
you. If they think that your are "under attack," they contract (or stiffen) to protect the organs under them.
So if a massage therapist just starts digging into your back, your muscles are going to contract to protect your lungs and
kidneys, etc. But if the therapist works slowly to gently relax those upper layers of muscle, then the lower layers
become more exposed and can receive the benefits of a great massage. Unfortunately, many clients request deep tissue
work as soon as they get on the massage table, not allowing the therapist time to work deeper.
Also, some muscles can experience something
called "armoring." This is when the muscle is so tight and contracted that it won't release easily.
many times this armoring is caused by emotional or physical trauma from the past. It's just another way that your body
is trying to protect you. To work through a muscle that is armored takes time, and you might not get the results you
want in your first massage session. Muscle armoring can happen over many years, so it's not realistic to believe
that the armoring will go away in one visit to a massage therapist.
next time you're about to get a deep tissue massage, take the time to ask your massage therapist how he/she works. Will
they work slowly so that they can give you that great deep tissue massage you want? Or are they going to plow full speed
ahead into your muscles and "really go deep"? (If so, run away.)