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Deep Tissue Massage
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage focuses on the different layers of tissue (muscle, tendons and fascia), working to relax, lengthen, and release strain patterns within them, so that the body’s posture can realign itself.
Physical and emotional traumas can tighten and stiffen these tissues. When this happens, the body moves out of a state of natural alignment and loses its flexibility and gravitational balance.
Working deeply does not necessarily mean applying lots of pressure. The techniques used in deep tissue massage are also applied more slowly, so as to avoid causing the recipient discomfort when working deeply into the muscle and connective tissue, as well as allowing the nervous system to integrate the work.
What to expect
When you first come for deep tissue massage, a full case history will be taken to make sure there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have treatment. We will also discuss any symptoms or pain you may be experiencing. If needed, a postural assessment will be taken to see where you may be holding tension in the body, and identify areas that are tight. Please wear appropriate clothing for posture assessment, for example sports bra and shorts or suitable underwear.
The treatment will usually last one hour. Most of the treatment is done with you lying on a massage table, sometimes work will be done with you seated, depending on the problem or area being massaged.
A treatment does not usually involve working on the whole body, but focuses on particular areas of the body which are presenting patterns of strain. So the whole treatment might focus on the legs and pelvis, shoulder girdle or neck, depending on where the strain patterns are evident. Releasing these areas of strain will have effects throughout the body.
Your modesty will be respected at all times during the treatment. And time will be left at the end to discuss any findings and follow up sessions.
For more effective results a series of treatments is recommended, becoming less frequent as problems improve.
What can Deep Tissue Massage help with?
- Muscular aches and pains
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Nerve pain and tingling in the hands or arms (Thoracic outlet syndrome)
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfers elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Discomfort and stiffness in joints
- Frozen shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)
- Runners knee (Illiotibial band syndrome)
- Ankle sprains
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle strains
- Ligament injuries
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
- Releases deep muscular tension
- Realigns muscles and fascia
- Improves posture and breaks poor postural habits
- Clears energy pathways within the body
- Releases emotional tension
- Relieves pain and increases vitality.