Deep Tissue uses a series of deep compressions that focus on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The tissues of the body are divided into superficial, being closer to the skin, and deep, being closer to the bones. Deeper levels of tissue are addressed as the muscle tissues relax and open up. This work can help release chronic pain and muscle tension. Sessions usually focus on one or two areas of the body, such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders, while the rest of the body is treated more generally. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid, fibrotic holding tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain and inflammation, while limiting movement.
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. If too many of these adhesions are broken down in one session the body can have an inflammatory response and start a vicious cycle of trying to repair what has been released. This is why it is essential that the client give the therapist good feedback during the session. Deep Tissue should NOT be uncomfortable.
Deep Tissue work is done in cooperation with the body and does not force the body to release tensions. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas. It is important to tell the massage therapist when the therapy is uncomfortable or hurts and if any soreness or pain is experienced after the session. Sometimes ice applied to the area helps to enhance a positive body response to the healing process. This work is done directly on the skin usually without the use of lotion. It is important to drink plenty of water after deep tissue work to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.
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