Deep tissue massage creates a deeper pressure for a more therapeutic massage experience by realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage therapy is often compared to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Studies have shown that people’s blood pressure fell significantly after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. It has also been discovered that deep tissue massage may reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate, while at the same time boosting mood and relaxation. This occurs because the body releases of oxytocin and serotonin.
During deep tissue massage, massage therapists use their forearms and elbows to create a deeper pressure for their clients. Deep tissue massage is able to target numerous muscles and muscle groups for immediate relief.
Deep tissue massage uses many of the same strokes as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist may use massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, and injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage has also been found to be helpful for clients suffering from chronic pain, lower back pain, limited mobility, migraines, injury recovery, repetitive strain injury (i.e. carpal tunnel), muscle tension or spasms, osteoarthritis pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, tennis elbow, and fibromyalgia.
We are holding a Deep Tissue Massage Techniques class on November 2nd from 9am-3:30pm.