Deep Tissue Massage
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to get into the connective tissue of the body, rather than just the surface muscles. When a massage therapist performs this type of treatment, he or she uses a variety of techniques to deeply penetrate the muscles and fascia, loosening them and releasing tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints) Many clients have a more intense experience with a deep tissue massage, but also feel that it is more beneficial, because it addresses deep-seated muscle pains. Like other types of massage, it is most beneficial when undertaken on a regular basis, so that therapist and client can work together to correct long term problems, relax the body, and prevent injury.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 min massage (we typically recommend a 90 min so that not only your problem areas can be specifically addressed but your whole body can be balanced as well) Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
How does it work?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil or lotion and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musclulature.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
*Lower back pain
*Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back