What is a Deep Tissue Massage? It is a unique massage that works on the physical, emotional and often spiritual levels. Designed to release pain in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia and relieve held-in tension, restoring comfort and harmony to the whole being. This includes acupressure massage, polarity and breath work using thumbs, fingers, knuckles and elbows, the re-alignment of muscle fibres and fascia, working deep around the scapula, hips and in the ribs. On a subtle level, the technique follows certain subtle energy channels (meridians), literally pushing out long-held trauma.
What are the benefits? A Deep Tissue treatment relieves muscular congestion, aids the lymphatic system, improves circulation and enhances the functional quality of muscle tissue. Regular massages assist to increase lymphatic circulation and regulate the flow of fluid throughout the entire body. This nourishes and cleanses cells, flushes the body of harmful wastes and toxins and increases resistance to sickness and disease.
Deep Tissue Massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity and have sustained physical injury. It focuses on specific problems such as
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury
Muscle tension or spasm
Deep Tissue techniques are very different from the soothing effleurage and petrissage of a classic Swedish massage; however, once pain has been relieved and mobility recovered, the experience can be totally uplifting. The treatment is usually ended with a gentle face, neck and head massage to restore balance physically as well as psychologically.