Deep-Tissue Massage is one of the best and most effective ways to treat pain and injury. It is designed to release tight layers of muscle and tissue, which usually develop from bad posture, injury or overuse. Restoring movement in the soft tissues alleviates pain, muscle spasm and stress from the problematic area.
It uses a firm-pressure applied using thumbs, hands, knuckles, forearms and elbows helping to stretch out muscles that are shortened and tense, and break down any adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue). On occasion you may be asked to take a deep breath to help you to relax.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic Swedish massage therapy, but the movement is slower and more precise. The pressure is deeper than Swedish massage, and is concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and shoulders common in office workers, tight legs and glutes or lower back stiffness and pain. It is also highly beneficial in reducing pain and discomfort in conditions such as whiplash, and after a fall or an injury.
Deep tissue massage will:
- Reduce muscular tension, spasm, and chronic pain.
- Break down adhesions within muscles, tendons and ligaments which can improve the flexibility of muscles and joints, and restore pain free movement.
- Reduce stiffness and swelling by clearing out waste products and toxins.
- Assist in recovery from injuries and reduce painful conditions (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia)
- Improve postural problems
- Improve lymph flow and blood circulation.
- Relieve stress
Sometimes, this deeper style of massage may cause some minor soreness during, or in the days following the massage. This is simply the muscles releasing stored tension and toxins, and will fade within 24-48 hours leaving the client feeling more relaxed, with improved posture, improved sleep, and pain-free !