On the surface, a “therapeutic massage’s” primary goal is to reach and massage those deep tissues that are hurting so as to reduce the pain and the discomfort that it inflicts upon our body. Therapeutic massage has been in use of thousands of years now to reduce physical and psychological stress to the body and with the idea that when healthy, the body can take care of its own healing. The therapeutic nature of deep tissue massage is not only seen in its ability to relieve the body of pain, but is also helps to lengthen and release muscle tension so that it goes back to its normal state since it has been frequently put in a tense and uncomfortable position when we place a high demand on it.
So if you are an athlete that is placing a daily high demand on your body or if you are recovering from an injury or illness, deep tissue massage likely has some benefits to offer you.
Whether you use Denver Deep Tissue Massage alone or in conjunction with other treatments, it has been shown by research that it is an effective way to treat common conditions like arthritis, anxiety, and chronic lower back pain.
In order to help us understand how Denver Therapeutic Massage works and how it can benefit us, we should first look at the need to manipulate our deep tissues. Our body is composed of deep layers of tissue including the fascia and other supportive tissues that make up the muscles and joints. A person receiving a deep tissue massage usually lays on the stomach or back in one positon, while deep pressure is applied to those targeted areas by a trained therapist. Major muscle groups are targeted during deep tissue massage, and these include the neck and lower back and the joints and tendons that are susceptible to straining and injury. When pressure is applied to these parts it gets the benefits of it since it stimulates blood flow and relieve muscles tension, while at the same time simultaneously lowering psychological stress and releasing those “happy hormones” like serotonin or oxytocin. These are hormones and neurotransmitters that moderate our feelings of well-being. Before, you don’t invade the body to treat it, and this type of approach has been in use for thousands of years now starting from the ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. Now, pressure massage is already being utilized to improve the ‘Qi’ of the force of energy, detox the body and promote better liver function by activating the lymphatic system.
Deep tissue massage which is unlike the Swedish type are usually cross-grain, or moving against the muscle to relieve aches or pains rather than moving along with them.