Right after deep tissue massage therapy, you will likely feel more relaxed and rested than when you came in.
What happens during a deep tissue massage?
During this type of massage, the therapist will stretch your muscles and apply varying deep pressure techniques. Some common methods used are cross-fiber friction, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Healthy muscles should have a smooth structure, but those that are tight and stressed are rigid. By working out the knots in your muscles, the massage could result in microtears in the tissues, just like exercising.
A professional therapist will focus on making sure you are comfortable. Communicate with them if something is uncomfortable or if it hurts. They will be able to pinpoint the areas that need the most help, but let them know if you would like them to focus on less stressed muscle groups.
What happens after a deep tissue massage?
The day after a deep tissue massage, your muscles might feel sore because of the above techniques. It is comparable to a strenuous workout, after which your muscles will be sore. Another factor that can cause soreness after this therapy is dehydration. If your muscles are not hydrated enough to be pliable, they will be sore the next day. Note: If you are more sore than when you went in, speak with your therapist.
After-care tips to remember following your massage
There are some steps you can take, especially after your massage, to help make sure you get the full benefits from this therapy. First, stay hydrated before and after the session. It is thought that drinking water right after this therapy can help flush toxins and doing so before can keep your muscles healthy. Next, gently stretch after your massage and focus on the muscles that were worked on the most. Finally, take a warm bath with or without Epsom salt. Doing this can reduce inflammation.
Looking for massage therapy services in Austin, Texas?
If you would like to learn more about Deep Tissue Massage, contact the professionals at Zen Deep Therapy. We offer a variety of other services including Acupuncture and Cupping therapy. You can reach us at (512) 940-4087 or Contact Us by email for more information.