The Myths of Deep Tissue Massages

We hear this all the time at The Wellness Center, “I want a deep tissue therapist.” Many times people are misinformed when it comes to deep tissue massage in Denver and exactly what that means. At The Wellness Center we try to use the term Denver therapeutic massage instead. The truth is, you don’t necessarily need “deep” work for it to be effective work. Many times when a therapist goes too deep, too quickly, the body and muscle will seize up rather than release.  Think of your muscle as dough. If you try to immediately press into the dough, you will get resistance.  If you ease into the dough slowly, it will allow you to work the muscle with no resistance.  Below is a great YouTube video that highlights this principle called, “Can you walk on water?”

Here are some general myths about deep tissue massage in Denver CO:

Pain Doesn't Mean it is WorkingMyth #1: If it doesn’t hurt it’s not working

One of the most common misconceptions about Denver deep tissue massage is that if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not working. Many massage therapists actually pride themselves on the amount of pressure they can use on a client. Usually this type of philosophy is maintained by inexperienced therapists who were taught by instructors who themselves may not have been properly educated. People receiving therapeutic massages should never feel intense pain during a session. Not only because it makes the client uncomfortable; but because it diminishes the effectiveness of the treatment. The body’s natural response to pain is to withdraw.

The muscles will tense up which in turn creates the opposite effect than is intended by the treatment. Not only does the initial pain counteract the effectiveness of the treatment, but it can put the client in a state of anxiety and anticipation of more pain every time the therapist begins to apply deeper pressure. This type of massage does not mean deep, or hard, pressure. Deep tissue massage in Denver, CO focuses on working deeper into the layers of muscle tissue not applying deep pressure.

Bruising after a Denver therapeutic massage isn't normalMyth #2: It’s normal to have bruises after a Denver therapeutic massage

It is never normal to have bruises after therapeutic massages. If a massage therapist is applying enough pressure to cause bruising there is a problem. Instead of providing a therapeutic treatment to the muscle tissue, the therapist is causing injury. There are two types of bruises that can occur during therapeutic massages as a result of improper pressure application by the therapist: Subcutaneous, which is just under the skin and Intramuscular, where damage is done to the actual muscle tissue. The discoloration that appears on the skin’s surface is the result of ruptured blood vessels. There are cases where clients may be anemic or have some other medical issue that may cause them to bruise easily and those people should refrain from receiving these types of massages. A client should never have bruising as a result of their therapeutic massage treatment.

After a therapeutic massage, it's normal to be sore - but not muchMyth #3: It’s common to be sore for three or more days after

Although it is fairly common to experience some discomfort during certain techniques and a person may have some initial soreness as a result of these techniques, the effects should wear off after several hours or a day at the most and there should only be slight discomfort not intense pain, as the result of your therapeutic massage in Denver CO.

Why Denver Therapeutic Massage Works

Overall, Denver deep tissue massage is an effective treatment for a number of muscular issues; it is also a very helpful treatment for stress and pain management. It is important for clients to be educated about the types of treatments they receive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A client should never take for granted that the massage therapist knows what is going on with their body or what their pain tolerance is. Everyone is different. A qualified and considerate therapist will always be focused on the client and their comfort: communicating throughout the session to make sure the treatment is going well, and that they get the best therapeutic massage. In turn, it is important for the client to communicate with the therapist and voice any concerns they may have or just to let the therapist know that everything is okay during your therapeutic massage in Denver CO.

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