Deep Tissue (DTM), contrary to popular belief is not about getting a very hard massage. True DTM is all about the depth and the layers of muscle that you work and most importantly the speed with which you treat the tissue. As a very general rule, the faster the massage techniques and strokes are applied the more superficial the massage will be.
Whilst a certain amount of pressure does need to be applied, it is just as much about the therapists ability to sink through the layers and transfer that pressure beneath the most superficial muscles.
The greatest change to a persons chronic tension and pain comes from working out the deepest and often most fibrous layers of tension. It can take a few sessions to get to the stage of doing a true DTM depending on the level of tension present.
A potential of accumulated months of training have well and truly paid off on your big day, you have smashed out your best effort yet! …And now your sore!
Post event Massage helps move on lactic acid, helps the body aid in recovery, promote health, breaks down adhesions built up during the event and in some people may assist in any delayed onset of muscle soreness
After a large endurance such as an ironman event we recommend waiting at least 3 days before getting in a full massage. This is when we consistently find we get the best results, If your competing in a marathon or a distance shorter, next day massage is fine
Strength athletes are fine to be massaged the day after their event.