Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning and working with deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
These massage techniques work deeply into muscles and soft tissues, helping to keep these structures supple and enabling the body to function at its best. It can be especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
When there is a lot of muscle tension or injury present, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles and soft tissue. These adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement or even inflammation.
Communication during this session is key and the client has an active role during the treatment with breathing and positioning.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage can be used to focus on a specific problem:
- Muscular pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility or restricted movement
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- After a workout or bodybuilding
What Can I Expect During My Visit?
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.
You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
Before the massage
As with all hands-on holistic therapies, Deep tissue massage may not be suitable for everyone Please feel free to call or email us if you would like to check your suitability before your treatment.
Preparation for your Massage
Avoid large or heavy meals prior to your treatment and the use of alcohol and any non essential drugs.
Deep tissue massage has a detoxifying effect on the body and you can encourage this by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for the next 24 hours. Also try to rest and allow your body to heal from within.