What is deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massages are reserved for more localized massage and focus on the deeper muscles of the soft tissue. I will always start by massaging the upper layers of a muscle or muscle group and then slowly work down to the deeper tissue. If this slower more inviting technique is not used, muscles may tighten or contract to protect the area and may lead to damage of the area. Several techniques are often used during this type of massage and include fingertips, knuckles, opposing thumbs, the heel of the hand and the use of the forearm.
Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
Deep Tissue massage is relaxing, but due to the very specific nature of the massage clients may experience some soreness or discomfort during or after the massage. I can tailor this massage to your individual needs. I've had training in Deep Tissue techniques and will ask you during the massage where you have areas of tension or pain and how you feel about the pressure used during your massage. While the Deep Tissue techniques may cause minor discomfort, the treatment should not be extremely painful.
How often should I get Deep Tissue massage?
Sometimes after your Deep Tissue massage, I may recommend follow up visits to further address the problem areas. Receiving Deep Tissue massage treatments in a period of a few weeks or a month will help your body to establish a new pattern of healthy and relaxed muscle function, rather than the previous pattern of tension. Many people choose to see a therpist bi-weekly or monthly to maintain the benefits of Deep Tissue massage and to help avoid future pain/discomfort or risk of injury.
What conditions are deep tissue massage used for?
Unlike classic Swedish Massage Therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problems, such as:
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension or spasm
How Fast Will I Get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage?
It's important to be realistic about the extent of results one deep tissue massage can achieve. Some newcomer's arrive with expectations that if extrememly deep pressue is used than all knots, adhesions, ischemic muscles will be relieved In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.
While deep tissue is certainly valuable, you should be aware that gentle styles of massage like craniosacral therapy can also produce profound release and realignment in the body.