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;
I have suffered with serious back pain stemming from a motorcycle accident many years ago and have tried many massage therapies to make the pain more manageable. However, I always find that other therapists don’t use the right amount of pressure to get to the specific areas of pain. However, Maria really gets to where the pain originates from by asking for my feedback on the pressure and by checking my pain levels during the treatment. After only a few sessions I felt great satisfaction and relief. I have even noticed my posture improving as well as finally getting some good nights sleep. Maria’s techniques and her commitment to therapeutic massage have helped me immensely.
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.
What happens at the end of a Deep Tissue Massage?
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.