Deep Tissue Massage
Best for: Treating stiff, painful trouble spots like the shoulders, neck and back.
Deep tissue massage manipulates the deeper layers of muscle and soft tissues in the body using warm oils and direct pressure to relax the top layer of muscle in order to reach deeper layers of the muscle tissue.
Many people get a deep tissue massage to help relieve chronic aches and pain. Some feel the benefits of a deep tissue massage in minimizing lower back pain, including sciatica, releasing tension in a stiff neck, shoulder pain, upper back pain, or migraines.
Deep Tissue Massage techniques
There are many techniques that fall under the category of deep tissue massage.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) focuses on creating a balance between the central nervous system (brain, spine, and nerves) and the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints of the body.
Myofascial release consists of stretching and lengthening the connective tissue coverings called fascia that surround every part of our internal structure, ( bones, muscles, and organs). Tight fascia can cause pain and restrict mobility.
Occassionally a deeper pressure is necessary and can be painful, when there is scar tissue present. Scar tissue also known as adhesions are thick areas of bound connective tissue created during the healing process from an injury or surgery. To break up the dense nature of scar tissue often times requires a bit more deep pressure, though it is uncomfortable the effects are noticeable and lasting.
Afterwards you might feel sore for a couple of days it is important to drink plenty of water before and after your massage.