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Chronic pain is one of the most common health problems in the US. It can be very difficult to get through the day and live your life to the fullest when you experience recurring pain. Painkillers and alternative therapies can help you circumvent your chronic pain. Those approaches fail to treat the source of your pain. Deep tissue massage is one of the best ways you can effectively treat and alleviate your chronic pain. As a leading provider of deep tissue massage in Denver, let’s discuss what you can expect from this effective treatment method.

What To Expect From A Deep Tissue Massage In Denver

A deep tissue massage is no walk in the park. Other massage therapy techniques, like Swedish massage, may use a light approach to encourage relaxation and reduce muscle tension. Deep tissue massage, however, uses deeper and more intense pressure to treat chronic muscular pain. Let’s examine the unique approach, process, and benefits of a deep tissue massage in Denver.

The Deep Tissue Massage Process

A deep tissue massage will usually start out with some light massage techniques. These lighter strokes prepare your superficial muscles for a deeper intensity. It’s basically a short warm-up period to get your muscles loose, your blood flowing, and to relax your mind.

Your massage therapist will slowly begin to increase the pressure of their strokes. As the pressure builds, your massage therapist will begin to go slower and deeper. At this point, your massage therapist is beginning to target those deeper layers of muscle with more pressure in a targeted approach.

These deeper strokes aim to manipulate your connective tissues, which are the deepest tissue layers of your muscles. The slow and deep strokes slowly wear down adhesions on your connective tissue and start to break down any scar tissue. This process aims to “strip down” your muscles to ultimately treat your chronic pain and help realign your muscles, as well. As the massage continues, the problem areas of your connective tissue will start to break down and your healing process will be spurred.

Throughout your deep tissue massage in Denver, your massage therapist will mainly use their hands to apply pressure. To appropriately treat your chronic pain, your massage therapist may use their elbows and forearms to achieve the right intensity. In more intense cases, a t-bar massage tool may be used to leverage the right amount of pressure in a more targeted manner.

What Does A Deep Tissue Massage In Denver Feel Like

Fair warning: your deep tissue massage won’t feel like any massage you’ve experienced before. Afterwards, you’ll ultimately feel far better and have less pain than before. You should prepare to feel some slight discomfort during your deep tissue massage in Denver.

The highly focused pressure of a deep tissue massage can make you experience a little bit of pain. Many patients have described this sensation as a "good pain” - basically, a pain that feels good simultaneously. You may experience that sort of pain throughout the massage, but it won’t last the entire time. That pain should be gone by the end of your session.

It’s worth noting that clear communication is very important for deep tissue massage. Throughout your session, you need to talk consistently with your massage therapist. You definitely don’t want your massage to be uncomfortable or too painful. When the massage passes your pain threshold, tell your massage therapist! They’ll adjust their technique immediately so that you still get the most out of your massage without having too much pain.

Once your deep tissue massage is over, you should expect some slight muscle stiffness or soreness. These sensations are entirely natural and should be gone within a day or two. Try to drink a lot of fluids following your massage. Those fluids can help flush out the metabolic toxins that were released during your massage. When you’re properly hydrated and free of toxins, you greatly expedite your recovery.

The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

There are tons of different massage therapy techniques, all of which have their own purpose and health benefits. A deep tissue massage in Denver can greatly improve your health in a number of key ways. Of course, deep tissue massage has been proven to significantly reduce chronic pain. The health benefits don’t end there. Deep tissue massage can also:

  • Improve muscle stiffness.

  • Lower high blood pressure and improve heart health.

  • Reduce stress levels.

  • Streamline recovery from sports-related injuries.

  • And more!

The healing process can take a long time. Your recurring pain may not be fully treated or alleviated within just one session of deep tissue massage in Denver. As time goes on, those pains will start to fade into memory. With occasional deep tissue massages and daily proper stretches, you’ll be on track to leading a happier and healthier life.

Book Your First Deep Tissue Massage In Denver

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Does that pain get in the way of living your life to the fullest? Are you ready to be pain-free? At Wayfare Wellness, our experienced massage therapist will use deep tissue massage to successfully alleviate your chronic pain. We are focused on improving your health and wellness to the best of our abilities.

Book your first appointment with Wayfare Wellness today and experience the best deep tissue massage in Denver.

Published in Massage
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:13

Massage Therapy Appointment FAQs Answered

Going to your first massage therapy appointment can be a nerve-wracking experience when you don't know what to expect. There are many questions that might be running through your mind:

“What do I wear?”

“What if I fall asleep?”

“What if I don't like it?”

Massage therapy is a great addition to any wellness routine, so we're here to tell you: there's nothing to fear! We're answering some of the most commonly asked questions about what happens at a massage therapy appointment. And, if this doesn't answer all of your questions, you can also check out our recent post about what to expect during your first massage at Wayfare Wellness.

There is no question too silly or awkward to keep you from enjoying the benefits of therapeutic massage.

Massage Therapy Appointment FAQ

When Is The Best Time To Schedule A Massage?

There is no perfect time to schedule a massage therapy appointment. If you have a really stressful week ahead of you, scheduling an hour of solitude and relaxation at the end of the chaos can help you recover more quickly. If you prefer the opposite, a massage to help you prepare for a busy week, that works, too! It's all about what makes the most sense for you and your schedule. While there is no magic answer to when to schedule your massage therapy appointment to maximize the effects, there are somethings you can do before and after to maintain the relaxed state.

  • DO get your workout in before your scheduled massage.

  • DON'T eat a big meal right before a massage.

  • DO drink your last cup of coffee or caffeinated drink at least an hour before your massage therapy appointment.

Should I Shower Before Or After My Massage?

Showering before your massage is always appreciated – especially if you squeezed in your daily workout before your appointment. Not only are you fresh and clean for your massage therapist, but the warm water from the shower helps loosen your muscles for the maximum effect.

Therapeutic massage often utilizes a lotion or oil that can leave a mild residue on the skin, so you may want to rinse off following your massage, as well.

Don't forget that the massage therapist will be working in close proximity to your body, so hold back on the perfume or cologne until after your massage therapy appointment is over.

What Do I Wear?

During a therapeutic massage, you will lay on a massage table that has clean sheets that will be draped over your body, excluding the area that's being treated at that specific moment. Massage therapists learn specific draping techniques that are designed to help clients feel comfortable and protected. That being said, you can wear as much or as little clothing as you are comfortable with. Most therapists will treat clothed areas as no-treatment zones. If you prefer to remain fully clothed, that's perfectly okay. Some massage techniques, such as shiatsu, are done without any kind of disrobing.

My ____________ Isn't Normal.

As a massage therapist, it is our job to treat your body, not judge it. We see all shapes and sizes and there is no such thing as normal! You don't have to worry about those 10 pounds you can't seem to lose or that you didn't get a chance to shave your legs when you come into your massage therapy appointment.

During Your Massage Therapy Appointment

Do I Have To Make Conversation?

If talking helps you relax, then, by all means, chatter away. We're happy to talk about whatever you'd like, but we are also just as happy to stay quiet and let you relax to soothing music. We will follow your lead.

We do encourage you to communicate with us throughout your appointment. We may ask you how the pressure feels at certain intervals and you can be honest, if it's too much or not enough, we want to know so we can adjust and help you get the most out of your massage.

Will It Hurt?

Some massage therapy techniques utilize more pressure than others. Particularly, during deep tissue and sports massage therapy appointments, you may experience slight discomfort as your therapist works through a the tension in your body. Keep the lines of communication open, you should never be in pain during a massage.

If you're nervous about how it might feel, you might be more comfortable trying a more gentle technique, such as cranial-sacral or swedish massage, to start with.

What If I...

These types of questions are probably the most wondered and least asked questions when it comes to a massage therapy appointment.

We understand that bodily functions happen. It's the circle of life and we roll with it and will continue with your treatment.

If you have to go to the bathroom, let us know. Many massage therapy offices will have a robe that you can wear to run out to the restroom and come back.

If you fall asleep, we will be flattered. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your massage therapy appointment, so if you doze off, we've succeeded.

Anything else you can think of that might happen in a massage therapy appointment, we've probably experienced at least once or twice. Your massage therapist is a professional and they are there to treat your mind and body to help you feel your best.

Let us pamper you in downtown Denver. Book your first massage therapy appointment today!

Published in Massage