Deep Tissue Massage
What is Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as a classic massage therapy but the pressure will be more intense and specific. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”) The primary purpose of a deep tissue massage is to work the fibers and muscles of the body, releasing deeply rooted patterns of tension. As the muscles relax, toxins are removed and blood and oxygen begin to circulate properly, making the entire body function better.
I aim to massage the deeper tissue structures of the muscles, tendons and fascia, which is referred to as connective tissue. Using slow strokes and deep pressure on one area at a time, I will work against the grain of the muscle to release chronic muscle tension, or adhesions. I will use my knuckles, fingertips, hands and elbows to release deeply held tension in body tissues. I always make sure I listen to client’s breath and his/her own body rhytm, feedback and individual needs. You may feel a bit achy a day after in areas we worked on as the body releases toxins and lactic acid hence being properly hydrated before you go to your massage appointment and drinking plenty of water after one is highly recommended.
What are the benefits?
- improved mobility
- increased range of motion
- restored ease of movement
- improved sleep
- reduced stress and anxiety
- reduced muscle hyper tonicity, tension and spasm
- reduced scar tissue and other fascial adhesions, which can improve both circulatory and nerve function
- promote circulation (of both blood and lymph)