Many people believe that Deep Tissue Massage means heavy pressure but this is a misconception. Deep Tissue Massage includes many of the same techniques from its foundation in Swedish massage but takes it in a different direction with a different purpose. The pressure is oftentimes deeper, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember, deeper isn’t always better. Deep Tissue Massage should be looked at as technique with a purpose, to provide structural and functional outcomes.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on stretching fascia (the 3-D web of connective tissue that surrounds, supports and penetrates all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs). Deep Tissue Massage works layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles down to the deepest accessible layers to change posture and create freedom of movement by releasing fascial adhesions and chronic muscle contracture. Adhesions and scar tissue form in muscles because of injury, chronic poor posture, chronic or acute inflammation and repetitive motions.
Deep Tissue Massage also has incredible health benefits:
The release of habitually tight muscles relieves chronic pain and speeds the healing of injuries. Balanced posture improves organ function and athletic performance. Overall, it relieves the stress and energy drain of chronically tight muscles improving general health and well-being for long term wellness.
Get a Deep Tissue Massage if:
- You experience chronic pain in a particular muscle group.
- You consistently engage in heavy physical activity. Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relieve tension and aches in overworked or strained muscles.
- You have past injuries that are still bothering you. Deep Tissue Massage promotes the mending of muscles and the release of any kinks or knots that formed as a result of an injury.
- You want a long-term plan of care with specific functional outcomes.
- You want to target specific tight muscles and relieve tension in the deeper muscle layers.