Deep Tissue Massage Therapy focuses on addressing the deeper layers of the body’s soft tissue. The therapist will use various techniques and concentrate on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscle and fascia. Deep Tissue Massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain and knee pain.
Chronic soft tissue tension and injuries will often present painful myofascial trigger points (TP’s) and soft tissue adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue). TP’s and adhesions can block circulation, and cause pain, limited movement, inflammation, etc. Deep tissue massage works by releasing active TP’s and physically breaking down these adhesions.
At certain points during a Deep Tissue Massage, most people find there is some discomfort. It is important to tell the massage therapist if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range. There is usually some stiffness or tenderness after your treatment, but it should subside within a day or so. It is advisable to rest and relax as much as possible after a deep tissue massage, take a warm bath and drink water.