Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is applied in a systematic way, concentrating on the deeper layers of the body’s soft tissues. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted area(s). Deep tissue massage therapy is therapeutic as well as corrective, and if done properly should cause neither excessive pain for the client nor strain for the therapist. Working deeply does not equate with working harder or with more effort, but is the result of specific deep tissue massage techniques combined with the knowledge of the different layers of the body’s soft tissues.
What is deep tissue massage therapy?
Deep tissue work is not just about the amount of pressure used; it’s true intention is to work on all the layers of the body’s soft tissues and particularly the structure which covers and encases them- the fascia. Injury, illness, or prolonged immobility can cause fascia to become stiff, hardened or stuck to adjacent structures. This in turn causes pain, reduced mobility and impaired function.
Portions of a treatment can be uncomfortable at imps with the possibility of pain, however, a good massage therapist should always respect your pain tolerance levels, and will work with you to find a level of pressure that is comfortable for you.
Massage techniques for deep tissue massage include the use of knuckles, fists elbows, and forearms. The pace of a deep tissue massage session is usually slower than that of other massage work, to enable the therapist to pick up information from the client’s tissues, assess the best way to address the tension and contractions found, and apply careful and sensitive pressure in order to achieve a comfortable and lasting release.
The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
- release of tension and stiffness from muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and fascia
- pain relief
- pain management
- increased flexibility and suppleness
- breaks down old scar tissue and adhesions
- improved mobility, posture and physical performance
- faster, more efficient recovery from injury and surgery