What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage, sometimes referred to as myofascial release, focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments. It is used by many massage therapists, physical therapists and osteopaths.
Deep tissue massage employs techniques to work below superficial connective tissue. The therapist work with the client to pinpoint the main areas of discomfort. Using slow strokes, friction and firmer direct pressure than in Swedish Massage, the therapist can break down old structural patterns such as scar tissue and release chronic muscle tension.
Trigger points (painful areas of myofascial tissue) detected by palpation are worked on using neuro-muscular techniques, boosting circulation to restricted areas and subsequently reducing pain.
What are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
Everyone would benefit from deep tissue massage, but it is particularly effective on individuals with chronic joint or muscle issues, individuals that may be suffering from repetitive strain, sports enthusiasts and those who suffer from stress and/or any form of muscular dysfunction.
As well as being effective in releasing chronic muscle tension, deep tissue massage also helps to free trapped nerves and encourages the spine and joints to relax into alignment.
Research shows that up to 75% of musculoskeletal pain is caused by the presence of trigger points. Consequently, many individuals suffering from symptoms as diverse as persistent headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic joint pain may be suffering from the formation of unresolved trigger points and will all feel the benefits of deep tissue massage.