Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that relieves tension in the deeper layers of tissue. It is an aggressive technique releasing chronic tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, both following or going across the grains of the muscles, tendons and fascia. It’s a very effective technique for releasing chronic stress areas due to injuries, misalignment or repetitive motions.
The term “deep tissue massage” is often confused with “deep pressure massage”. Deep tissue massage is a different category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal dysfunctions and complaints. Deep pressure massage gives sustained strong pressure throughout a full-body session and is not performed to address a specific complaint.
Some people who are not familiar with deep tissue massage are afraid it will be painful. This isn’t always true! Although a session can be quite intense, most clients refer to it as a pain that “feels good”. If at any time during your session, the sensation is uncomfortable or painful, be sure to let your therapist know!
Please keep in mind, while one massage can help you feel better, it’s only a quick fix. Undoing chronic knots and tension built up over time is best achieved with regular massage sessions. This doesn’t mean you need weekly massages, sometimes just a few sessions is enough, however, monthly maintenance massages are encouraged to remain pain-free and mobile.
It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don’t, this could result in additional post-massage soreness. It’s possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you DO drink water. It should pass within a day or so.Book Appointment