Deep Tissue Massage
What it is:
Deep tissue is a term that is often misused in the field of massage therapy. It is a unique category of massage therapy, employed with specific treatment goals in mind, such as the relief of muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints. It employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, which is not performed to address a specific complaint.
When a client asks for a massage and uses the term “deep tissue”, more often than not, he or she is seeking to receive a full-body session with sustained deep pressure throughout. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; it might lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive.
History of Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep Tissue massage is typically Swedish based massage therapy. It may include elements of Sports massage, Myo-Fascial Release, Shiatsu, Myo-Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy or other styles too numerous to name here. It is interesting to note that the Greeks, the Egyptians and the people of the Far Eastern region were the first to use this massage technique.
What to expect in a session:
A clothes-off modality performed on a cozy massage table, you will be mostly covered with sheets and blankets and your privacy will be respected at all times. Only the limb that is being addressed will be exposed. Employing the use of lotion or oil, deep tissue massage is characterized by slow, sustained, deep pressure, applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work.
Use to treat:
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. It can be used to treat migraine headaches, which are often the result of steady and consistent muscle tension in the neck and is also recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly.