Relieve Tension and Pain: Experience the Therapeutic Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Release the tension, find your relief with deep tissue massage!

Deep tissue massage at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary

Are you feeling stiff after your workouts or feel tightness in your muscles? If you are regularly working out each week your muscles will get tight.  Our massage therapists can slowly work your muscles and get deep to get to your inner muscles and connective tissue.  If you have scar tissue from previous injuries, regular deep tissue massage treatments of 75 to 90 minutes can break up the scar tissue. If you suffer from chronic pain our registered massage therapists are here to help!

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What is a deep tissue / therapeutic massage?

Deep tissue massage uses more pressure than a relaxation massage (Swedish massage) and involves applying firm deeper pressure with hands, fingers or arms with the intention of relieving tension and also to reach deeper layers of muscle that would be treated with a relaxation massage. Deep tissue massage is often the first choice for people who have tense stiff muscles, who have chronic pain, sore shoulders or back, or have injuries.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is an advanced technique to address body issues, and provides both mental and physical health.  When the massage begins the strokes start out with lighter pressure and then works up to deeper pressure. Some of the benefits of deep tissue massage are:

  • Reducing pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Breaks up scar tissue
  • Rehabilitates injured muscles
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
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Deep tissue massage at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary
Sports deep tissue massage at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary
Deep tissue massage using elbow at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary

Does deep tissue massage help?

Deep tissue massage helps to improve stiffness and muscle pain with slow deep strokes, and based on much customer feedback it definitely works. There have also been studies performed that show that deep tissue massage is beneficial such as a 2016 case study that suggests that deep tissue massage can reduce lower back pain in pregnant ladies.

Athletes who get deep tissue massages are less likely to get injuries while working out.

Can a deep tissue massage hurt?

When you are receiving a deep tissue massage, the pressure is deeper than with a relaxation massage. There might be times when there is a feeling of discomfort. If you are finding that the pain is too much and is bringing discomfort, make sure to communicate this with your massage therapist. Deep tissue massage can hurt and be beneficial, but it doesn’t have to if you do not want it too.

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Why am I so sore after a deep tissue massage?

One of the common outcomes after a deep tissue massage is soreness.  This is normal as the deep pressure carries blood and nutrients to your muscles at the same time toxins are eliminated. If you haven’t had a deep tissue massage for a long time, or it is your first treatment you are more likely to feel sore after the treatment. When training muscles for the first time they become sore until they are used to the effects of training.  This is also true with deep tissue massage, your muscles will need time to get used to being manipulated. Some tips to help avoid muscle soreness, drink plenty of water both before and after a massage to help flush away toxins.  Also gently stretch your muscles after a massage that same as you would stretch after doing exercise.

How often should I get a deep tissue massage?

To avoid potential muscle soreness after a deep tissue massage, try to have regular massage treatments so your muscles have a chance to build up muscle memory. If you have chronic pain you may want to have regular massage treatments a few times a week if necessary, or weekly, or a few times every month.  Talk with your massage therapist for how often you should book a treatment to best help with your pain or stiffness.

If you have questions, you can call us at (403) 418-5525 or contact us through email.

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