Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning the deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas, promoting deep relaxation, releasing pain, improving muscle flexibility and movement, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and improving posture.
The techniques used instigates a greater tension relieving response than a classic massage by concentrating on posterior (deeper) muscles. Some of the same strokes are used 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 (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation.
Deep tissue massage is one the most popular choices of massage as it can suit many individuals, helping to ease pain and stiffness in a variety of scenarios. It is not just for athletes or people with acute injuries.
People may choose to select this treatment who are:
- Experiencing tension in specific areas of the body – most commonly in the back and neck.
- Suffering from chronic pain.
- Stressed and looking for deep relaxation.
- Recovering from a soft tissue injury.
- Postural problems.
It is important to note that these benefits can sometimes only be achieved after a few sessions. If the recipient is very tense, most of the first treatment will concentrate on warming up the superficial muscles. A following session will then target the posterior (deep) muscles to encourage blood flow.