What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage aims to connect with deeper muscles, tendons, ligaments and most importantly the fascia. (a kind of connective tissue that runs throughout our body) When muscle fascia, also known as myofascia is realigned, it is often referred to as myofascial release and deep tissue massage has elements of this type of massage as well as more traditional massage therapy techniques.
Deep tissue massage can be an all over body massage or can be used to target specific areas. It is especially useful for chronic pains and areas of stiffness, for example;
• Neck and shoulder or back pain
• Tight or tense muscles
• Maintenance for sports people
• Limited mobility
• Recovery from injuries
• Tennis elbow
• Postural problems
• Piriformis syndrome
How does Deep Tissue Massage work?
Deep tissue massage works very slowly gradually allowing the tissues to yield to the repetitive deep strokes, layer by layer. A gradual connection is made to deeper soft tissues of the body in order to realign them. Areas of pain and tension are targeted and stiff, knotted areas and adhesions are slowly worked on. The aim is to soften and break down the rigid tissue which causes pain and stiffness.
Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
Deep tissue massage has a terrible reputation for being extremely painful. This is because the therapist is working too quickly and is not giving the deep tissues time to relax. In this case, the therapist is making their own job harder and hurting the receiver more than they need to. Muscles in a lot of pain will automatically contract and tighten and yet relaxed tissues are needed to allow the therapist to work deeper.
I cannot promise you 100% pain free treatment. Tissues with restrictions do feel uncomfortable when worked upon to be released. However I can promise you that I use cutting edge techniques and keep in constant communication with you during the treatment to help you stay within a comfortable pain threshold.
I will discuss with you the difference between therapeutic pain which allows release and feels great and pain which goes beyond your comfort range. This type of pain will not feel good and will be counter productive to releasing tight tissues.
After using a variety of techniques to release tight muscles and tissues, appropriate stretches are performed to elongate them and encourage them back to their original range of movement.
Occasionally after a deep tissue massage, the area may feel stiff or sore for a day or so. This is not abnormal and I will discuss after care advice with you after your treatment. Exercises or stretches will be suggested to aid your recovery further and to help you gain a greater awareness of your own physical needs.