What is a deep tissue massage?
Massage in general is one of the oldest treatment modalities used for thousands of years worldwide. There are over 60 different methods on how to apply the massage treatment. Deep tissue massage is included in the list and is widely used by allied healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths and occupational therapists and other professionals such as massage therapists, sports therapists and more. Deep tissue massage can be used as a treatment on its own or in conjunction with exercises and other alternative treatments to reduce pain and discomfort, promote recovery and improve the quality of life.
What is a hot deep tissue massage?
Hot deep tissue massage is exactly the same as deep tissue massage, but your therapist will be using heated stones instead of hands to manipulate the muscle tissue. Although it would seem that hot deep tissue massage is quite a new treatment modality, it has been used for thousands of years just like massage. The aim of the treatment is also to promote recovery, reduce pains and aches and improve the quality of life.
What are the benefits of hot deep tissue massage?
There are several great benefits to having a hot deep tissue massage. Those include:
- Lowering of blood pressure.
- Helping with rehabilitation after an injury.
- Managing pain of chronic conditions such as arthritis or other joint pains and aches.
- Improves the function of the treated area by loosening the muscle tissue.
- Reducing stress and anxiety.
- Improving sleep.
- Reducing pain of tired, sore and fatigued muscles.
- Promoting overall relaxation.
- Helping to reduce lower back and neck pain.
- Helping to alleviate tension type headaches.
What to expect during the hot deep tissue massage?
Firstly, your therapist will ask you several questions about the presenting complaint. The process is known as an objective examination. After the questioning, physical examination will be performed in most cases. The extent of objective and physical examination depends on the severity and complexity of the complaint.
After the examination is complete you will be asked to expose the affected area so that stones and in some cases some massage oil could be applied directly on the treated area, hence, ensure to wear comfortable clothing when going to your appointment. The stones should be heated so that they feel pleasantly warm and not too hot. If you feel that your stones are too hot, always communicate that to your therapist.
There are two common ways on how treatment can be performed which depends on your therapist. In some cases, your therapist can be using the stones instead of his/her hands to apply pressure on the treated area during the whole treatment. In others, your therapist might use the stones initially to warm up the tissue and continue with usual massage techniques while the area is still warm.
What are the side effects of hot deep tissue massage?
You might experience soreness in the areas where treatment was applied. You may also feel tired, sleepy or slightly lightheaded. In some cases, very rarely, you might experience nausea or headaches. Side effects usually subside completely after 24-48 hours after the treatment.
Are you ready to experience deep relaxation with hot deep tissue massage?
We hope this information is useful. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are always glad to help. If you like this blog, please share!