What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and concentrates on areas of tension and pain. Deep tissue massage especially benefits the release of chronic muscle tension and is effective in injury rehabilitation.
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Deep Tissue Massage Benefits
- Pain relief. Deep tissue massage can help by releasing tension in muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Joint mobility. Deep tissue massage can help in reducing tension in the muscles that surround and attach to the joints, improving joint mobility and circulation and easing pain
- Injury prevention. Deep tissue massage can help in reducing the likelihood of injuries by relieving chronic tension in the body
- Injury treatment. Deep tissue massage is especially effective in the relief of injuries such as tendonitis, ligament sprains and muscle strains
- Posture improvement by easing muscle tension and joint restriction and helping the body rebalance
- Alleviation of post-exercise soreness – e.g. after a sporting competition or event (triathlon, marathon)
- Breaking-up and elimination of scar tissue inherited from past injuries or surgery
- Stress relief. Deep tissue massage is also effective in conditions aggravated by stress such as asthma, insomnia or most frequently deskwork!
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Techniques Used in Deep Tissue Massage
We work specifically on areas that require release. We initially use long deep strokes followed by applied pressure and therapeutic stretching in specific areas to break down adhesions and scar tissue. We may use our hands, fingertips, knuckles, even elbows to effectively release areas of tension. This deeper massage may cause soreness during or after massage. This ought to fade within 24-48 hrs.
Conditions for which we recommend Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is effective in helping reduce pain and discomfort for many conditions, including:
- Chronic pain especially in the case of a clenched jaw, stiff neck, strained or twisted shoulder muscles and lower back pain
- Arthritis and rheumatism including osteoarthritis
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Sports injury
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