Since my very young teen years, my bathroom has been packed with all kinds of creams, serums and peelings. Not only did I love all these pretty little bottles, but I have always been concerned by my skin. I go to my beauty therapist every month for a facial treatment. I’ll do everything to avoid my skin from showing the undeniable marks of getting older, trying to reduce my upcoming wrinkles and having a nice and fresh glow over my face.
But is not only that. Maybe you recognize one of the following situations: Are you working behind the computer all day? Do you spend hours on the road for work? Are you athletic and suffering from muscle strain? Do your neck and shoulders hurt or get stiff from time to time? If you answer one of these questions with yes, then by all means, continue reading!
Let’s talk about connective tissue massage, what is it exactly? For whom is it? How painful is it? How effective is it? In other words, what results can you expect? And in which situation you should not be getting such a massage?
What Is Connective Tissue?
Connective tissue is made out of cells, fiber and water. It is situated between the blood vessels and the nerves and it has a supporting function. Healthy connective tissue is smooth and stretchy.
Age, stress, an unhealthy lifestyle and heredity (unfortunately) deteriorate the connective tissue. Your blood flow will decrease and your body will build up tension. On the outside, you can notice a bad blood flow by acne for example, or wrinkles and skin relaxation.
You can avoid this by doing sports, yoga for example, but also by eating vegetables and legumes, drinking enough water (at least 2 liters per day) and undergoing connective tissue massages. This probably is the anti-aging treatment of the moment!
The connective tissue massage stimulates the blood flow, improves your skin structure, breaks apart the adhesion, reduces tightness in your muscles and it strengthens and tightens the connective tissue of your skin.
Ouch! Is This Really A Massage?
The word massage might be misleading, while in contrast to a normal massage, relaxation is not really what we aim at with this treatment. We can also call it deep tissue therapy. During the session, the therapist will exercise manual pressure on your skin. Her or she might use their hands, fingertips, knuckles, forearms or elbows. He or she will start with pulling and pinching your skin on the zones where you will be treated. If you have a problem zone, with muscle strain for example, the treatment might hurt some more in this zone.
The massage activates your blood flow in the connective tissue, which results in the production of elastin and collagen fibers. If your blood flow is good, your skin will be more capable of taking in the nutrients.
The session will be adapted to your personal needs and problem zones. You will discuss this with the therapist before he or she begins. Also, the level of pressure can be adapted from person to person, so feel free to indicate your massage therapist what your comfort level is. It will always hurt a little, but you should not be screaming because you’re suffering too much! And as they don’t feel what you feel, you’ll have to tell them.
The massage will end with soft caresses over your skin. Now go and check out yourself in the mirror! Probably all red and sore, but wait until you see the real results!
By the way, it is said that the more you do the treatments, the less they will hurt! This gives us courage to go on, doesn’t it?
What Results Can You Expect?
It is possible that your skin is sore for the next couple of days, as if you’ve been in the boxing ring for a couple of rounds! No, just kidding. But you will feel it afterwards and you might even get some bruises. This will wear off after a couple of days and once your red skin disappears, you will see how healthy your skin looks! You will get this kind of glow as if you’ve done some serious running just before.
Overall, the connective tissue massage has following benefits:
- Better skin condition
- Improvement of the nutrients take-in
- Reducing of the subcutaneous adhesion
- Stimulation of the blood flow
- Strengthen and creating of new connective tissue
- Finer pores
- Positive effect on acne
- Improvement of skin structure and skin tone
- Reducing of wrinkles, crow’s feet and scars
- More elastic skin
- It relieves chronic pain
Consider it a natural soft lifting of your skin!
Who Will Benefit By A Deep Tissue Massage?
The following types of person should experience benefits from deep tissue therapy.
– Office workers or people that spend much time in their car. They tend to have stiff necks and shoulders and suffer from back pains because they spend long times if the same position. A deep tissue therapy would do them good!
– Athletes who require endurance and physical efforts on a regular basis from their bodies and who might suffer from muscle strains.
– People with recovered injuries. As the massage works on the healing process of the scars, this might be very beneficial for breaking up the scar tissue.
– also if you can relate to one of the following issues, you might greatly benefit from this massage:
- Skin relaxation
- Bags under your eyes
- Reduction of the nasal lips fold
- A bad blood circulation and/or rosacea
- Gray skin or smoker’s skin
- Wrinkles or crow’s feet
When To Avoid A Deep Tissue Massage?
If you find yourself in one of the following situations, you should avoid getting a deep tissue massage for the moment.
- If you are pregnant
- If you have been injured in the last days
- If you have an open wound
- If you are undergoing chemotherapy
- If you have any kind of skin disease or rash
If you are not sure whether you can undergo a deep tissue massage, I recommend you ask a massage therapist and discuss this with him or her.
Where To Find A Therapist?
Many beauty salons offer this service these days. Always check before if they have a specialized connective tissue massage therapist, as this is a special technique not every massage therapist can do. For the best result, I advise you to take between 6 to 8 sessions. Prices depend on the beauty salons, but I have found a good salon where the deep tissue facials start at 40 € (about 45 $) and deep tissue body massages start at 60 € ( about 70 $)