Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of body tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow and deeper strokes on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension and help break up and eliminate scar tissue. This massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause slight soreness during or right after the massage. However, when the massage is done correctly the individual should feel a sense of a work out, but no lasting pain.
Deep tissue massage offers multiple benefits at different systems:
- MUSCULAR SYSTEM – helps move blood in blood vessels and assists the calf in returning venous blood, especially in the lower extremities. May contributes to the improvement of sclerotic blood vessels.
- SKIN – improves circulation to the skin, moisturises dry, clay skin, improves skin tone, helps reduce the build up of cellulite.
- SKELETAL SYSTEM – improves joint range of motion, clears deposit and debris from old bone injuries, restores damaged ligaments and tendons, enhances effectiveness of more specific treatment (osteopath / chiropractic / physiotherapy etc.), and improves posture.
- NERVOUS SYSTEM – releases trapped nerves in soft tissue, and congestion along nerve pathways.
- LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – releases trapped lymphatic vessels.
- RESPIRATORY SYSTEM – releases restrictions in breathing muscles, promotes postural improvement which reduces crowding of lungs, and removes congestion in lung and rib areas.