A Deep Tissue Massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Deep tissue massage is an invigorating experience and is a process of detection of tight or painful areas and slowly working into the deep layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia. Great for chronic pain sufferers of neck, back and shoulders. A regular one hour deep tissue massage works wonders for stiffness of the joints and poor flexibility.
Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain, injuries and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders.
Why choose deep tissue massage
It can help with the following: lower back pain, flexibility, recovery from injuries, carpal tunnel, postural problems, muscle tension, sciatic, piriformis syndrome, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, upper back or neck pain.
Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion and inflammation.
How does it work
At the beginning of a deep tissue massage Sydney, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied. Common techniques may include: Stripping which is deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
Friction techniques may be used which is pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas. You should always tell your massage therapist if you feel pain during the massage. The therapist can adjust the technique or further prep the tissues if the superficial muscles are tense. After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so.
If you’ve had recent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or have another medical condition, it’s wise to check with your doctor before starting massage therapy. Some people with osteoporosis should avoid the deeper pressure of this type of massage.
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