• Deep Tissue Massage



    Many people believe that in order for a Deep Tissue Massage to be good it needs to hurt. This is simply not true, and in fact if the client is enduring pain for the sake of the therapist or the idea that it will somehow help them they will disappointed as it usually does more bad than good. Deep Tissue's origin is in Swedish Massage, and like Swedish, if done correctly is working gradually deeper and deeper at the bodies own pace. Therefore, it is designed to work slowly and deeply to release patterns of chronic tension. Commonly, there is only enough time to work on one or two areas of the body, as it takes time to gradually relax and release tension at a deep layer of muscle. There are times where some additional breathing may be required because there might be an area of “discomfort” however it is not a painful experience.

  • What Does a Deep Tissue Massage Feel Like?

    In a healthy muscle, the fibers and fascia will glide smoothly with the pressure and movement of the therapist, and will bend a flex around the bones. When a muscle is injured, the areas effected will build up scar tissue, which can result in what is called and adhesion. This adhesion is also commonly known as a “knot”, and can be worked out by working the fascia back to its natural place with friction and the use of the modalities listed above. Another result of chronic pain and tension can be the over use, or the lack of use of one or more muscle groups, which can result in the shortening of muscles, which then need to be stretched and lengthened.

    As stated above, Deep Tissue is usually focused on one or two areas and uses an array of different techniques. Deep Tissue Therapists use all parts of their bodies usually to achieve the level of desired pressure on a given place of the body, such as hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, forearms, and elbows. Your Therapist will only go to the level of pressure that you are comfortable with, and will try to talk to you throughout the session to make sure that you are ok. It will be encouraged that you breath deeply, as the additional oxygen helps in the release process. Afterwords you will be asked to drink more water than usual, as this flushes out the toxins and metabolic acids released from the muscles during the session. You will also be asked to avoid any diuretics (things that dehydrate you) for the next 24 hours, such as caffeine, alcohol, and salt, as this too reverses the healing process. Often when people are soar it is because they have not consumed enough water, or they have not avoided diuretics totally.

  • What Conditions Are Improved With Deep Tissue Massage?

    • Chronic Pain From Old Injuries
    • Repetitive Stress Injuries (working at a desk or such)
    • Stiffness and Immobility
    • Scar Tissue/ Adhesions
    • Whiplash
    • TMJ
    • Tendonitis
    • Sciatica
    • Postural Deviations
    • Pain/ Muscle Spasms
  • When is Deep Tissue Massage Not Recommended?

    Deep Tissue Massage is not recommended for the following conditions:

    • Diabetes
    • Pregnancy
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Recent Trauma or Surgery