Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue is a massage style utilizing the fingers, thumbs and elbows to release chronic muscle tension utilizing slow, deep strokes, and friction. The therapist may work perpendicularly to the length of the fibres of the superficial muscles, with the intent of massaging muscle that lies underneath.
Deep Tissue massage takes from other types of bodywork, cross-fibre friction massage, deep tissue sculpting, Rolfing and others; it is believed to increase blood flow and to be of greatest use in problem muscles for pain, rehabilitation and arthritic complaints
A key difference between Deep Tissue and Swedish massage lies in their pressure levels and intended use. Swedish massage is typically gentler and more focused on overall relaxation, while deep tissue massage is more intense and aimed at relieving pain in specific areas.
Deep Tissue massage aims to relieve severe tension in muscles, connective tissue or fascia. Deep tissue focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. This type of massage is often recommended for individuals experiencing chronic pain or involved in heavy physical activity, and patients who have sustained a non-recent physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
During a deep tissue massage session, the massage therapist will warm up your muscles using a lighter touch. Once you’re warmed up, they’ll start working on your problem areas.