The slow and deep pressure used in the deep tissue massage is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
This massage technique uses slow movements, deep pressure, and friction to realign muscles and connective tissues. It focuses on large areas with the massage therapist using a clenched fist, their hands, elbows and forearms working to “break” the tension in the muscles, providing greater freedom of movement. Muscle tissue stretches and separates, providing better blood circulation.
A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, this results in inflammation and causes toxins to accumulate in muscle tissue. Inflammation and toxins, in turn, contribute to pain and stress.
In addiction this massage technique is also widely used to break the adhesions between muscles. A lot of chronic pain and muscle spasms occur because of “adhesions”. These are caused by scar tissue from previous injuries or are toxins that have formed between the fibres.
The deep tissue massage breaks and releases built-up toxins, relaxing the muscles, so blood and oxygen can flow, as they should through your body.
A 2010 analysis by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that Deep Tissue massage reduces levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) and heart rate, while boosting mood and relaxation by releasing serotonin, an antidepressant hormone responsible for our moods, sleep and appetite.