Deep Tissue Massage is accomplished by working the underlying layers of muscles, tendons, connective tissue, and fascia. It is the ability to manipulate these underlying tissues in order to lengthen, shorten, relax, and release holding patterns and unlock tissue memory. By separating and isolating a muscle or surrounding structure, restrictions can be released.
Injuries are not the only contributor to muscle dysfunction. Age, overuse, injury, as well as emotional and physical trauma place increased demands on the body which result in lymphatic and circulatory system breakdowns. Both insufficient oxygen and a build up of metabolic byproducts add to the problem. All these conditions cause hypertonic muscles being in a constant state of contraction. The unfortunate result of this tightening is muscle spasm.
Deep Tissue work can relieve pain, promote healing, and realign the body. Along with Deep Tissue Massage, the therapist follows with a tutorial of strengthening exercises, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and stretches for at home self treatment.
Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish Massage, but the pressure may be more intense at times. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension and adhesions.
It is also important to communicate with the massage therapist about pain; a deep tissue massage should never hurt, and if it is painful, it will be counterproductive. The massage may be intense, but if a client starts to feel pain, he or she should communicate that immediately. Deep Tissue Massage is usually used in combination with Trigger Point Therapy. This type of massage is usually limited to a few areas of the body. You’ll also want to stay well hydrated for the next 24 to 48 hours to help your body continue to eliminate toxins.