My Spa experience – Deep Tissue Massage

It has been quite some time since the last post I do apologize for my silence though. These past few weeks I have taken to do some reflecting and am glad to be back at this again.  In the spirit of keeping things authentic, we have decided that sharing personal experiences of the treatments we offer here at Camelot Spa is the right approach for our blog posts starting with this very post about my recent experience of the Deep Tissue Massage.

Prior to my going to try it out, I found myself in a taxi a while ago with a friend and for reasons that are not quite clear to me at present, I took out the Camelot Spa Price list and looked at it for a moment after which my friend asked to have a look and I let him take a look. As he was reading through, he asked me, “What is this deep tissue massage thing? It sounds very painful…” I didn’t have much to tell him but made a promise to get back to him about it. Having had the experience now, I am in a better place to tell my friend and everyone else what it is really like to have a deep tissue massage.

As always I did some light reading on the subject of Deep Tissue Massage to gain at least a theoretical understanding of what it is. Obviously nothing I read or was told beats the actual experience of lying on the massage table and have someone use their fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms on you. In my reading I found out that the Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. It 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 Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, amongst others.

About a week ago I decided to finally experience this mysterious Deep Tissue Massage which my friend remarked that it sounds very painful. As it was the first time around, I got to the spa about fifteen minutes before the appointment and the process from reception to the treatment room was as smooth sailing as one would expect. It started with confirming the booking at reception, then proceeding to the men’s changing room (the décor is a dream), then my assigned therapist escorted me to the relax room where I was offered a complimentary glass of juice and biscuits. While there I was provided with the Camelot Spa Client Consultation for which I filled in as I had done previously with the Camelot Universal massage treatment. When all that was done the therapist guided me to the treatment room (same as the previous one), there I was about finally experience the Deep Tissue Massage for the first time. I must add that the ambiance, the smells as well as the music was similar to my prior massage experience which actually gave me the impression that it would be the same.

Before starting the treatment the therapist and I had a quick chat about the massage as well as what kinds of aches and pains I was experiencing that day and before. I mentioned to her that I had this back pain that keeps coming and going ever so often.  After the chat I proceeded to disrobe while the therapist stepped outside and I lay face down on the massage table covered in two layers of towels. At this very point I imagined that the massage would be generally the same, it suffices to say that this massage was a lot different. For one the Massage therapists used her fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms which was not the same as the Camelot Universal. She started with my legs and feet then proceeded to the neck, back and shoulders.  It is worth noting that communication between you (the client) and the therapist during this type of massage is very important. During my massage, the therapist kept asking if the pressure was fine (it was) and also while working on my upper back & shoulder she told me that there were a lot of knots around that area. She said this mostly out of concern really (at least that is what it sounded like) and for a moment I also was a bit worried.  She continued to massage my back till she dealt with them and as soon as she was done with my back she asked that I turn over (which I did) and lay on my back then she continued the massage till she was done. She informed me that we are done and before leaving the room we had another quick chat about the massage, what I thought of it and what was my impression of it.

While I personally may have not been experienced pain during the massage, it is possible for some people to experience some form of discomfort, when that happens I strongly advice that you tell the therapist so that she may reduce the pressure. After the massage you may notice some stiffness or pain, but it should subside within a day or so. I personally experienced these aches primarily on my upper back and shoulders about an hour after leaving the spa but they were gone the next day. Note that drinking water after the massage may help to flush out toxins that are released from muscles and properly rehydrate muscles, which can help to reduce the muscle aches and stiffness. Also try to avoid any strenuous activity after the massage.

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