What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:
- Lengthen chronically shortened muscles Separate adhered muscle fibers and ligaments
- Eliminate or reduce scar tissue
- Increase range of motion
- Oxygenate and detoxify stagnant tissues
- Relieve pain
- Improve posture
- Eliminate or reduce painful Trigger Points
- Release entrapped or compressed nerves (that cause tingling and numbness)
- Release overused breathing muscles (i.e. from asthma)