What is Deep Tissue Massage?

At New Image Day Spa, if you request a “Deep Tissue Massage,” you will receive a combination of very therapeutic massage strokes used with deep pressure, intended to make a change in the body’s holding patterns to provide therapy for the specific muscle groups and fascia which can often cause pain or dysfunction.

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as adhesions).

The pricing for a Deep Tissue massage is as follows:

Classic 30 min: $65              Luxury 1 hour: $90             Ultimate 1.5 hr: $120           Deluxe 2 hrs: $165

Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

It shouldn’t be painful but can be uncomfortable or even hurt a little at first. It’s likely to be significantly more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you or if the therapist seems to be moving too quickly. We tell our clients that if it is almost unbearable, but they can handle it, it is a good therapeutic pressure level.

It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don’t, you might be sore the next day. We also suggest that you apply a cold compress of ice to the areas of inflammation the evening after your massage. It is normal to feel bruised and tender, but you should not have bruises.

Please note, that even if you DO drink water, you may still be a little sore. This just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues. It should pass within a day or so. If you find you are still very sore after 3 or 4 days, then you know the pressure was too much and request it to be lighter with your next massage.

How Fast Will I Get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage?

It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen and will take more than one session to completely restore tissues. You can expect to notice a significant difference, but more frequent massages may be needed to help align the body for healing.

For prolonged results, we suggest a combined program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving or holding your body, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.