Deep Tissue Massage

The definition of deep tissue massage is specific massage manipulation of the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue manipulation therapy uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure is more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the deep tissue massage therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.") Although it is more uncomfortable then Swedish massage, it shouldn’t hurt. The communication between a client and a deep tissue massage therapist is important. As a client, you should report any feeling of pain, referred pain, numbness or tingling. You should also report when the pressure is too much for you. Different people and even different parts of the body of the same person have different pain tolerance. Your body is your best guide. It shouldn’t be painful! In fact, when you feel the pain, the muscle contracts even more. There is however, what most people refer to as a “good pain”. I found that most of my clients love deep pressure. In fact, most of my massage sessions fall under the definition of Deep Tissue massage. There can be some times stiffness or soreness after a deep tissue manipulation, but it should subside within a day or two. If you experience pain in the muscles, apply ice to the area after the deep tissue manipulation.

Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue manipulation usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

• Chronic pain
• Limited mobility
• Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury) deep tissue injury
• Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Postural problems
• Ostearthritis pain
• Fibromyalgia
• Muscle tension or spasm
• What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

When there is chronic muscle tension or deep tissue injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Adhesions can block circulation and press on the nerves, causing pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

Deep tissue massage therapy works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.