Part 2 of a deep tissue / sports massage by Andrew at Alpha Massage Clinic.

In the first part of our blog series on deep tissue massage, we explored the basics of what this therapy entails and its numerous benefits. Now, let’s delve into how to prepare for your session, what to expect during the treatment, and tips for post-massage care to maximize the benefits of deep tissue massage.

Preparing for Your Deep Tissue Massage

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water before your massage helps prepare your muscles for the deep tissue work.
  • Communicate: Before starting, discuss with your therapist any areas of concern and what you hope to achieve from the session.
  • Eat Lightly: Having a heavy meal before your massage isn’t recommended; a light snack is preferable.
  • Dress Comfortably: While you’ll likely undress to your comfort level for the massage, wearing comfortable clothes to your appointment ensures relaxation before and after your session.

During the Massage

  • Breathing: Deep, relaxed breathing can help ease any discomfort during intense pressure application.
  • Communication: Keep the lines of communication open with your therapist. Let them know if the pressure is too much or if a particular area needs more attention.
  • Relaxation: Try to stay as relaxed as possible to allow the therapist to work more effectively.

After the Massage

  • Hydration: Drinking water post-massage helps flush out any metabolic waste that has been released from your muscles.
  • Rest: If possible, allow yourself some time to relax and rejuvenate after your session.
  • Heat Therapy: If you experience soreness, applying a warm towel or heating pad can be soothing.
  • Feedback: Providing feedback to your therapist can help tailor future sessions to better meet your needs.

What to Expect After a Deep Tissue Massage

After a deep tissue massage, it’s common to feel a sense of relaxation and ease in the body. However, some people may experience soreness or stiffness for a few days following the session. This is normal and is a sign that the massage has effectively targeted deep layers of muscle and tissue.


Deep tissue massage is a powerful therapy that can significantly impact your physical wellbeing and mental health. By understanding how to prepare for and what to expect from your session, you can ensure that you get the most out of your deep tissue massage experience. Remember, regular sessions can lead to improved mobility, reduced pain, and a greater sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, dealing with chronic pain, or simply looking to improve your physical health, deep tissue massage offers a profound way to help your body heal and thrive.