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Deep Tissue Massage is a type of Massage Therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

Some of the same strokes are used as Relaxation Massage Therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

How does Deep Tissue Massage work?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

Will Deep Tissue Massage hurt?

Deep Tissue Massage therapy can hurt, but clients often describe it as “a good hurt”. There can be pain or aching when I apply pressure over "knots" and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let me know and I will adjust.

I will work with you, with your breath, body responses and using the perfect amount of pressure for you to get the most benefit within your own comfort range.

There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so.

What conditions is Deep Tissue Massage used for?

Unlike Relaxation Massage Therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Ostearthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.

People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.

What can I expect during my visit?

I may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.

I will encourage you to use your breath to release the tension during the treatment.

It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.