Deep tissue massage therapy is therapeutic as well as corrective, and done properly should cause neither excessive pain for the client nor strain for the therapist. Working deeply does not equate with working harder or with more effort, but is the result of specific deep tissue massage techniques combined with knowledge of the different layers of the body’s soft tissues. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted area(s).
Parts of the treatment can be uncomfortable at times with the possibility of pain, however, a good massage therapist should always respect your pain tolerance levels, and will work with you to find a level of pressure that is comfortable for you.
Massage techniques for include the use of knuckles, fists, elbows, and forearms.
This type of massage is highly beneficial for people who suffer from consistent muscle pain, especially in the muscles around the neck, lower back and shoulders. This can be caused by work related postural problems, leisure activities such as gardening, sports and exercise related injuries, and can also be the end-result of long-term emotional stress and tension.
The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage include:
- Release of tension and stiffness from muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and fascia
- Pain relief
- Pain management
- Increased flexibility and suppleness
- Breaks down old scar tissue and adhesions
- Improved mobility, posture and physical performance
- Faster, more efficient recovery from injury and surgery