Deep Tissue Massage
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
As the name suggests this type of massage consists of slower strokes and deep pressure on areas of tension and contraction. Recommended for clients with long term problems of the back or with specific muscle aches, this treatment usually focuses on particular body areas compared to a whole-body relaxation massage.
How does a Deep Tissue Massage Help?
The extra pressure applied by your therapist serves to stimulate deep layers of the muscle’s tissue, fascia, and tendons.
These techniques are used to ease the knots of pain in your muscles that, if not treated, can interfere with your circulation and result in severe pain, inflammation and limit your range of motion. The treatment can also break up scar tissue and adhesions.
Deep tissue massages are usually focused on addressing one specific treatment area. This is especially effective on stiff necks, upper back pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, and tight muscles in your legs.
What is involved in a Deep Tissue Massage Treatment?
The term deep tissue massage can sound intimidating, especially if you don’t know what is involved. After completing a comprehensive consultation, your therapist will determine how to best treat your condition. They will start by warming up the muscles using light pressure to the areas that they will be working on. They will then use various techniques where you will feel a gliding pressure along the fibres of your muscles. Pressure may be applied across the grain of the muscle with the aim of realigning tissue fibres and releasing any adhesions (areas of rigid tissue) that cause discomfort.
Who benefits from a Deep Tissue Massage?
While Deep Tissue Massages are not for everybody, they are very effective in treating a number of conditions. You should not experience significant pain during the treatment itself.
Feeling a little stiff and sore the next day is common for those new to Deep Tissue Massage. This discomfort should not be more than general soreness, and it should not last more than a day or two.