Deep Tissue is a massage technique that focuses on bringing deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue into alignment.
Unlike , which is used for relaxation, usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Postural problems
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Muscle tension or spasm.
tense, painful and contracted areas such as: stiff necks, lower back
tightness and sore shoulders can also be much improved by Deep Tissue
most important factor is that there is long-term change in the
structure of the muscle which can create an increased degree of
relaxation and cause alleviation from pain and improvement of painful
Causes of chronic muscle tension and pain
When a person suffers from chronic muscle tension and pain, there are usually bands of painful and rigid muscles.
works by physically breaking down these rigid bands that exist in
muscles. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited
movement, and inflammation.
Working within the client’s pain threshold level
Within a session there are certain areas of the body that will feel
especially painful and it will be difficult to tolerate pain in those
areas. It is important to communicate your pain level to the during a .
Deep Tissue Massage is not supposed to be a hard massage but merely a
deep massage which can be very enjoyable and has many long lasting
a session I work with a pressure scale of 1 to 10. The ideal pressure
is about 6 – at that point you can feel the muscle, as well as a slight
pulling into one direction that is still bearable, and no other parts of
the body tighten to withstand the pressure.
I may occasionally ask you to while I work on certain tense areas, helps to cope with the pain and also to ease and relax you.
strokes are performed predominately with knuckles, fists, forearms and
elbows. In some cases the thumbs are also used. The pressure of a stroke
is much greater than with normal massage and each stroke is performed very slowly.
Some of the same strokes used in classic massage therapy are used,
but the movements are slower and the pressure is deeper and also
concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
During your session I will use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows,
and forearms for the deep tissue massage. The movements are very slow to
allow the muscle tissue to relax and lengthen.
After the session you will feel a greater movement capacity and a deep sense of relaxation.