Commonly known as a massage that consists of hard pressure, this isn’t the case. Deep tissue is exactly what it sounds like, the goal being to literally go deeper into the tissue to break up tension and adhesions. The type of pressure to achieve these results can vary. A lot of times, if a client comes in with very tense muscles, applying hard pressure can make these muscles go into a mode of protection and tense up even more, putting the client in unnecessary pain. The pain level should never be unbearable, or at that breaking point. It’s very important for a client to communicate this to their therapist. If you are experiencing an “it hurts so good” kind of release in the muscle fibers, this is ok. Because there are people who are incredibly tight, the therapist may need to begin the first session or two with a more gentle pressure, allowing the muscles to relax, and not tense up even more like they might under a hard or firm pressure. With a gentle pressure, the muscles won’t feel the need to protect themselves and will allow the therapist to slowly start working deeper into the tissue, breaking up muscle tension. Once some results are achieved, and the muscles have relaxed to a certain degree, a harder pressure can then be used in any ongoing sessions, if the client desires.
Deep tissue massage is a technique primarily used to break up muscle tension and adhesions that may be causing muscle and/or joint pain, lack of range of motion, and mobility issues. If you experiencing any of the following symptoms, deep tissue may be a good option for you.
Stiffness in muscles, joint pain(knees, hips, elbows etc) lack of range of motion in the neck, shoulders, and/or hips, tension headaches, quick muscle fatigue during workouts due to tension, sciatica, numbness and tingling in the hands, or other nerve related discomfort, and any pain in the body related to muscle tension. If you have varicose veins, deep tissue should be avoided in this area. Deep tissue is not recommended for everyone, if you have a health concern, please consult your doctor before booking a session.