Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage involves the application of direct sustained pressure to realign deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, physically breaking down adhesions (bands of painful rigid tissue) in the fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments to release tension, relieve pain and restore normal movement. It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. Whilst some of the strokes are the same as in Swedish massage, the pace tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, concentrated on problem areas, using forearms and elbows to break down adhesions.
A deep tissue massage can be used to promote overall good health, relaxation and well-being or targeted to improve tissue quality and function in a certain problem area of the body like the back, neck, shoulders and legs, focussing on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain or injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage can also help improve posture and breathing, and lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels.
Conditions that may benefit from deep tissue massage include strains and sports injuries, musculoskeletal issues, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure and tennis elbow. Deep tissue massage also helps improve sports performance and enhance recovery as well as offering psychological benefits, helping you unwind mentally.