Deep tissue massage therapy isn't just a Swedish massage with deeper strokes or harder pressure. Deep tissue massages use firm pressure and slow strokes to massage deep layers of muscle and fascia, which is the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles.
Deep tissue massages are used to break up scar tissue and break down muscle adhesions (the "knots" that we feel in our muscles are muscle adhesions, which are bands of rigid and painful muscle tissue). These knots can inhibit our circulation and cause pain and inflammation.
When the massage begins, your massage therapist usually starts with lighter pressure to warm up your muscles and then works into deeper pressure.
The common techniques used in deep tissue massage therapy include:
- stripping - which is deep pressure that glides along the length of your muscle fibers
- friction - which applies pressure across the grain of your muscle to break up adhesions and align tissue fibers.
- Experiencing stress, muscle soreness, or pain?
- body feels like it's a giant knot?
- Tense muscles?
If any of these describe your current situation then a deep tissue massage might be the solution to your problems.
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