You might have heard we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage; in fact, you might see us because we specialize in deep tissue. However, many people don’t understand the difference between Deep Tissue Massage and a Swedish Massage.
Swedish Massage focuses on relaxation. Using 5 different types of strokes, Swedish Massage doesn’t typically use a huge amount of pressure to achieve its goals. It’s only called Swedish Massage in English and Dutch speaking countries and in Hungary; everywhere else, it’s called “classic” massage. The majority of clients who seek a Swedish Massage also want deep pressure. While technically, that would classify the massage as a Deep Tissue Massage, we understand what the client means. We can integrate deeper pressure into a standard massage.
A Deep Tissue Massage focuses on manipulating the deeper tissues of the body, specifically the fascia and muscles. Deep Tissue Massage has been proven to be a viable option for many different ailments. Livestrong
posted an article about the benefits, including:
- Reduces Chronic Pain
- Improves Blood Pressure
- Breaks Up Scar Tissue
- Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
- Stress Relief
We specialize in Deep Tissue Massage Therapy at Under Pressure Therapeutics because, while we want to help people relax, our mission is to serve Fort Collins with quality massage therapy services, and we believe the best way to achieve this goal is through deep tissue massage. By giving Deep Tissue Massage, we offer our clients an opportunity to recover from surgeries with breaking up scar tissue, to decrease chronic pain by stretching fascia, and to help athletic training and exercise recovery.
Please note that Deep Tissue Massage does not exclusively mean pain! And you shouldn’t be writhing in pain, either. This is wherecommunicating with your Licensed Massage Therapist is key!
When giving a beneficial, therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, we want you at about a 6 or 7 on a pain scale out of 10. We want it to be a little high, but we want you to be able to breathe through it. If you’re not breathing, then you’re not getting benefits–you’re just paying us to torture you. A 6 or 7 is kind of a “hurts so good
” kind of pain. If you can breathe through it, great! If you are tensing up the rest of your body to “deal” with the pain, not okay. As a tip: when it hurts, take a big, deep breath in, and see if your Massage Therapist does need to lighten up, or if you can breathe through it. If you immediately start wincing, that is NOT okay!
Deep Tissue Massage is the best option for setting the body on course of recovery for a full, pain-free life. If you noticed, we work within YOUR pain tolerance–a 6 or 7 for one person is another person’s 25, which is another person’s 4. Don’t feel “bad” for telling us it’s too much! Don’t apologize to us if you can’t handle that much pressure! That’s what YOUR body needs! And we work to give you what your body needs!
One of the best ways to prevent pain or limited range of motion is very simple. Stretch yourself! Muscles have four attributes that make a muscle a muscle: Contractility, the ability to shorten, or contract; elasticity, the ability to return to its normal state; irritability, the ability for the nervous system to tell it to do something; and extensibility, the ability to stretch. When you lose flexibility, you lose a very important aspect of that muscle.
says “Stretching is the unsung hero of exercise that keeps your muscles flexible, free from injury and feeling young.” They go on to say how massage and stretching are the best combination for workouts and muscle health for athletes. We have written two articles on how we love helping athletes, talking about Sports Massage
and Meeting Your Fitness Goals
The American Council on Exercise, or ACE
, outlined their top 10 reasons to stretch
. We agree with each of these reasons, but I wanted to outline a few of them:
- Helps to increase range of motion, which may also slow degeneration of joints.
- May reduce injury. Flexible muscles are less likely to experience an injury because you are working on one the the four attributes of muscles. Also, because it increases range of motion, your muscles have to extend farther to possibly injure itself.
- Improves posture. Because our society has us have a more rounded shoulder, forward head posture, stretching is the best thing you can do most consistently to help with your posture. We wrote an article that can give you more tips on improving your posture.
- Helps reduce stress. Well stretched muscles hold less tension and therefore, leave you feeling less stressed.
- Decreases pain. Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine which in turn reduces the risk of low-back pain.
Stretching isn’t just for athletes and gym rats. Whether you have a physically demanding job like construction or you sit at a computer all day, stretching is one of the most important things you can do for your body, especially between massages. Stretching will help repetitive motion injuries or soreness just as much as it will help someone who just bench pressed 300 pounds.
While stretching is extremely important, as we’ve outlined, stretching correctly is just as important. While we are not yoga instructors at Under Pressure Therapeutics, we do train people how to stretch for their problem areas. Many of the stretches that we teach are yoga poses or modified yoga poses. It’s important to stretch all of the fibers of your muscles. If you have questions, contact your massage therapist.
If you haven’t thought about adding Yoga to your health regimen, please give it a thought. If you think that you can’t do yoga, think again. Yoga is not about contorting your body into these impossible positions. It’s about getting a stretch. It’s about bettering yourself. It’s about moving into a healthier you.
I find myself using Aroma Siez a lot lately. It is amazing for muscle cramps and soreness! The mixture of basil, marjoram, cypress, lavender, and peppermint combines to create a nice almost sweet smell.
Basil is an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, which is great for muscle tension or head aches. Marjoram is another antispasmodic and it’s amazing for sore muscles, sprains, or headaches. Cypress relieves muscle cramps and improves overall circulation and may improve respiratory problems. Peppermint is the most commonly know topical analgesic, which helps alleviate pain and is amazing for headaches. Lavender is the balancing oil that brings this blend to a comforting, muscle balancing blend.
This combination helps to eliminate muscle spasms and tension. I’ve used it on acute injuries, chronic tension, and muscle soreness. It’s good for just after a work out in a bath or applying directly to your most sore muscles. It can also help with arthritis pain and most headaches.
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Massage Therapy can enhance your overall health. I think I’ve said this before, but what I haven’t said is how it can help you meet your fitness goals, whether it’s losing weight, or meeting a body lifting goal.
A lot of people hear about how massage therapy can boost your metabolism, which helps you lose weight. This is true. To an extent. You’re not going to shed 30 pounds by simply getting a massage twice a month. While it does boost your metabolism, it doesn’t boost it THAT much.
What massage DOES do is help supply your body with more oxygen and nutrients by increasing your circulation, which helps you recover quicker from strenuous exercise and helps your muscles recover and grow. This in and of itself can help you shed extra pounds.
When your circulation improves, your muscles are supplied with necessary nutrients in a much more efficient manner. Many weight loss experts will suggest and recommend receiving regular massage during your transformation with them simply because massage takes what they are teaching you and multiplies the results. Massage will help you burn your calories even at rest because well-maintained muscles work more efficiently. By receiving massage regularly, your range of motion will also increase, which will enable you to work out harder and work your muscles in ways you haven’t been able to in a long time.
Receiving regular massages can really help you meet your fitness goals. You will be able to relax better, sleep more soundly, and recover quicker from any workout you do. It will also help you detox your body more thoroughly, so you will get more out of your detoxing systems.
Staying healthy is more than just eating right
. If your tissues are not functioning as best as they can, you won’t get the results you want very quickly. Don’t hesitate to schedule a massage, especially if you have fitness goals. Our very own Justin Hays is an amazing sports massage therapist. He really has a great knowledge of what the body goes through during exercise and knows how to tailor your massage to meet your needs, whether you are a runner, line backer, or just starting in your athletic health. Book
a massage with Justin to help you start meeting your fitness goals quicker.