Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage may be therapeutic relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
A study at the University of Miami School of Medicine suggests that massage therapy might have multiple positive effects, including:
Decreased back and leg pain,
Decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine.
And in another study of pregnancy massage in depressed women, researchers found:
Increased levels of the “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine,
Decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress,
An overall improvement in mood.
Pregnancy is TOUGH so any help we can get during that time is normally well received and needed!