What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Pressure is deeper than a Swedish massage and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
How Does It 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 cause a variety of issues within the muscles including reduced circulation, pain, limited movement and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
During the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort. It is important to tell your therapist when things hurt and if any pain is outside your comfort range. It should not be unbearable but if there is an issue in the muscle it will be uncomfortable to release the tension.
There is usually some tenderness after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so and you may be recommended to apply ice to the area after the massage.