Benefits of Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue Myths

Deep tissue isn’t just for athletes, in fact most true tissue damage comes from prolonged muscular tension due to past injuries, postural deformities, and/or being in an improper postural position for a long period of time i.e. sitting at a desk for hours at a time, and/or driving, etc.  Proper circulation is needed to keep these fibers elastic and flexible and when a blockage occurs from stressed areas improper circulation inevitably follows resulting in ‘hardened’ muscles that in time will create adhesions (knots) that radiate pain in their trigger points and decrease mobility and range of motion where these adhesions are bounded up.

Deep tissue doesn’t have to ‘hurt you’ to be effective.  Going too deep can actually cause more problems than it helps.  Communicate with your bodyworkers.  Your therapists shouldn’t go above an 8 in your pain tolerance, and if they are please tell them so they can make the right adjustment for you.  It is so important to freely communicate to your bodyworkers regarding pressure because most of us can’t read your mind and some days you may feel like a lighter or deeper massage, we can always adjust.  It is also important to understand that we too only work at our comfort levels and if our deep work isn’t deep enough or too light feel free to let us know and we’ll be more than happy to recommend the right therapist for you.

Deep tissue also doesn’t have to be deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is usually a combination of techniques that often use deeper pressure, but these techniques can also be effective with a medium to firm pressure as well.  Ease your body into deep work.  Deep tissue massage can be very effective when it is done with finesse, patience, and an extensive knowledge of the anatomy.  Talk to your bodyworker and make sure he/she is truly comfortable with performing a deep tissue massage.  If it’s your first time I would recommend going for a medium deep tissue pressure and work your way up from there.  Muscles shouldn’t be shocked into submission and more often than not too much pressure too soon in your bodywork treatments can lead to further problems down the line.  Listen to your body.

Benefits of Deep Tissue

  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue – Over time, deep-tissue massage therapy can help break up and significantly minimize the fascia restrictions scar tissue creates on our bodies. It does this by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area as well as facilitating a healing response in doing so. Massage therapy is often recommended for people who are recovering from surgery.
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles – Deep-tissue massage can be an effective treatment for injured muscles. Because it facilitates the movement of toxins from the muscles and helps stretch tight or twisted muscle mass, deep-tissue massage can help promote healing. Because massage also helps relax muscles, it can reduce the pain caused by injuries, too. Deep-tissue massage is frequently used to rehabilitate sports injuries.
  • Helps Restore Normal Posture – Many people don’t realize how much a tight muscle impacts on vital things such as posture. A tense muscle can throw off your body’s balance. Before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body. It becomes a chain reaction that can spread far from the initial problem spot.  Using deep tissue techniques a therapist can identify the source of the problem and start working to alleviate the problem where it started.

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