Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage works to resolve adhesions (knots) in the deep muscle layers so that circulation can improve and speed the healing process. “Deep Tissue” does not necessarily mean that the therapist is applying heavier pressure only that it is a method of massage that works at a “deeper” level to realigning the deeper muscle layers and connective tissue. It targets both the superficial and deep muscle layers and as a result it has positive effects on the fascia, tendons, ligaments and circulatory tissues. Friction is another technique used in deep tissue massage which is applied across the grain of the muscle to help release tight and stiff muscles.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage are:
- pain relief
- increased range of motion
- break down of adhesions and scar tissue
- release of muscle tension and spasms
- helps to realign the body
Deep Tissue Massage is not recommended in these cases:
- proneness to blood clots*
- herniated disc*
- immediately following surgery*
*In these cases acupuncture is a great alternative as it is a gentle yet extremely effective at reducing pain, inflammation, and other physical symptoms associated with these ailments.