Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is somewhat similar to Swedish massage in that similar strokes are used, but at a much slower tempo and with more force applied. The deeper pressure is more effective for releasing tension in the denser deeper muscle layers of the body. The focus of this technique is to penetrate through the superficial (surface) layers of the skin and muscle fibres to the deeper layers of muscle, connective tissue (known as fascia) and tendons. The technique incorporates long, slow deep strokes following the direction of the muscle fibres. As the name suggests, deep tissue massage is applied with a firm to very firm pressure.
Deep tissue massage is not usually offered in complete isolation to other techniques. Your therapist will usually begin by warming the area to be massaged up with some Swedish relaxation techniques and / or myofascial release work before applying deep tissue massage techniques. They may also, with your consent, apply Trigger Point Therapy as they work through the deeper layers of muscles and find trigger points, or knots, in the muscle layers.
It’s really important for you to communicate with your therapist through the deeper work in a Deep Tissue Massage. Your therapist will work to the level of pressure they feel the muscle needs, however they cannot feel your pain. The “no pain no gain” theory doesn’t always apply here. While deep tissue massage may involve some level of discomfort, most clients refer to this as “relieving pain” or “good pain”, and breathwork can be used to relieve the more painful areas. However, at no time should you experience “extreme” or “unbearable” pain. If the pressure and technique is so painful you are no longer able to relax into it and breath through it, please communicate this to your therapist so they can modify the technique and / or pressure.
Deep Tissue Massage is a great choice if you suffer from:
- Muscle tension
- Postural problems that lead to chronically shortened muscles
- Scar tissue & adhesions
- Head aches caused by neck tension
- Lower Back pain caused primarily by muscle tension and / or fascial sling disorders
- Myofascial pain syndrome (trigger point syndrome)
* at certain times only, please speak to your therapist before proceeding.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:
- Break up scar tissue & adhesions
- Release tension in deeper muscle layers
- Decrease ishemia & Increase circulation to deeper muscle layers
Therapists who can provide Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep Tissue Massage techniques are offered as part of our Remedial Massage treatments.