Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that is used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse, such as low back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow etc. Whilst some of the strokes are the same as a Swedish massage, the pace tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, concentrated on problem areas. Practitioners may use their forearms, elbows, fingertips and knuckles as well as their hands in order to break-up adhesions.
The list of conditions that can be effectively treated is extensive and includes whiplash and repetitive strain, postural problems and sciatica, sports injury and recovery from falls, muscle tension or spasm in the glutes, hamstrings, quads, rhomboids, IT band and upper back. So whether you are sat for long periods at work or an elite sports person – a deep tissue massage will help with all those aches and pains.
The deep pressure of a deep tissue massage is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). Deep tissue massage is a range of simple movements mixed together in order to get to the deeper levels of soft tissue.
A deep tissue massage can also be a preventative measure to help prevent injuries; routine treatments can help to ensure your muscles are free from excessive lactic acid and are able to perform correctly, reducing your chance of injury.
Improve range of motion
Shorten recovery time
Prevent and heal injuries
Reduce stress levels
Improve sleep quality