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What Is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Learn what a deep tissue massage is from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.


Deep tissue massage is massage delivered into the muscles on a deeper layer. So typically, you want to prime the muscles before you get into that level of depth with Swedish massage strokes. Swedish massage is actually the basis for deep tissue massage, but deep tissue massage you're accessing down under the surface layer.

A lot of people think that deep tissue massage has to hurt, and that's not necessarily true. I actually believe that a good deep tissue massage is delivered in a way where you're focusing on the client's needs, checking in with them, and you're getting right there to that edge, that level of pain, but not crossing over that barrier.

So it can actually provide a lot of relief for any of those aches and pains, any knots that you might have, and just general different discomforts in the musculature.

So I find over the years that I've worked, a lot of people will request a sports massage, but in actuality what they really want is a deep tissue massage. Sports massage is typically something where you're prepping the body for a sports event, either before or after, or it can be injury treatment-related.

Deep tissue massage can also be injury-related, and is actually quite good for treating injuries, but it happens at a much slower pace than sports massage. So sports massage is typically something that's very rapid movement. In deep tissue massage, you go nice and slow and access the tissue very, very slowly so you can get in much deeper without pain.

So that's a little bit of a misconception that I wanted to cover for you.

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