Deep tissue massage is primarily used as a morality to reduce chronic (long term) aches, pains and tightness in areas such as the neck, shoulders, and legs and lower back. Deep tissue massage is a form of therapeutic massage that aims on manipulating deeper layers of connective and muscular tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage strokes are applied using direct pressure with knuckles, forearms, fingers, and elbows for penetration of the tissues deeper in. Friction applied across the grain of the muscles breaks the tension points and knots down.
Deep tissue massage works by breaking down adhesion’s (knots or areas of rigid tissue) by using deep pressure to restore normal range of motion and relieve pain. Adhesion’s potentially cause pain, limited motion and inflammation by blocking circulation.
Deep tissue massage is commonly used to treat:
- Limited movement
- Stress relief
- Release tension reducing headaches
- Repetitive strain injury
- Postural problems
- Post-event (after marathons, sporting events)
- Long term aches
- Lower back pain
- Muscle tension and spasms
- After a gym session
Deep tissue massage can be combined with sports massage to improve rate of recovery and normal function as part of a rehabilitation programme.
We use Deep tissue massage to ease stress, reduce muscle spasms, discomfort and pain by manipulating the soft tissue. This also releases toxins from the muscles, allowing the blood and oxygen to flow properly. With increased blood flow we also speed recovery as oxygen delivery is increased to the muscles and targeted areas of pain.
You may feel soreness after the massage, but this will ease the following day and you will be left feeling relaxed and a lot more mobile!