Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It uses standard massage strokes but more pressure is applied and the movements are at a slower pace. Deep tissue also focuses on areas of tension or pain where the massage therapist may apply sustained pressure in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and fascia (connective tissue that surrounds muscles).
Does Deep Tissue Hurt?
When dealing with chronic pain and tension, there may be times of discomfort during deep tissue massage. It is important to let your massage therapist know if the soreness or discomfort is out of your comfort range. It is then the massage therapists job to scale back on pressure and work within your threshold of discomfort. The massage therapist may also ask you to take long deep breathes to help your body settle and relax during this process.
Benefits of Deep Tissue
Deep tissue usually focuses on a specific problem, areas of chronic muscle pain or injury. Here is a list of some conditions that people seek out Deep Tissue work: • Upper or lower back pain • Poor posture • Repetitive strain, injuries or overuse • Piriformis syndrome • Sciatica • Limited mobility • Post workout or body building • Muscle tension or spasms • Recovery from injuries
Contraindications (absolutely no massage)
If you have any of these conditions, it is always best to get approval from your doctor first before receiving deep tissue massage.
Any recent surgeries
Chemotherapy or radiation
Massage should not be done over any areas of bruising, open wounds, rashes, inflamed or irritated skin, tumors, or fragile bones.