Deep Tissue Massage is what most people think of when they hear the phrase “Massage therapy”. It starts with a foundation of human anatomy and the ways in which muscle, joints, nerves and other soft tissue interact in order to promote healing and prevent future injury.
Deep Tissue Massage can be an effective form of treatment for a variety of conditions including but not limited to:
- Limited range of motion due to tight muscles or trigger points/knots
- TMJ or Jaw tightness
- Whiplash injuries
- Tension headaches
- Numbness or tingling due to nerve compression from tight muscles
- Prenatal soreness and pain due to a changing body and weight distribution
Deep Tissue Massage can also be an effective form of self-care for people dealing with stress or anxiety and it is not abnormal for people to fall asleep on the table.
While pressure used during a massage can always be adjusted and changed based on individual needs; deep tissue is sometimes recommended for those stubborn knots and really problematic areas. While Deep Tissue Massage in general focuses on long kneading strokes to relax muscles, deep tissue work increases the pressure used while taking more time with each pass over a muscle. While techniques can be uncomfortable at times, the goal is to avoid pressure or techniques that are actually painful. Like any massage, good communication between the patient and the massage therapist is important.