Deep Tissue Massage

Doesn’t need to hurt

There are certainly misconceptions about what is involved in receiving a deep tissue massage. First, the goal of a deep tissue massage is to effectively reach the deeper layers of muscle and the fibrous tissue surrounding the muscle and organs called fascia.

It’s true that a firmer pressure and advanced specialty techniques are used more in deep tissue than a Swedish massage.  You may be surprised at how relaxing and nurturing the deep tissue massages can be. Many clients often find an even deeper sense of relaxation with the deep tissue work.

The work begins by thoroughly massaging and relaxing each layer of muscle before moving onto the next layer. You may notice that the deeper your massage, the slower your massage.  While you feel more pressure, it should not be painful. Pain can often be attributed to a therapist that is moving too quickly trying to get to a specific area. However, everyone has a different level of sensitivity and some discomfort may be experienced. Always let your therapist know if the pressure your receiving is too intense so your massage can be modified. I will always work with your level of comfort. Often deep tissue is not necessary throughout the entire body. That is why every massage must be individually customized to receive the maximum benefit.

Deep tissue massage can eliminate adhesions, relieve chronic aches and pains, improve range of motion, lower blood pressure, address trigger points, and improve athletic recovery and performance. It’s important to be realistic about your massage therapy goals. Chronic tension and discomfort may not be fully eliminated in one visit. While you are likely to receive some relief, it may be necessary to schedule additional treatments to fully address your specific issues.

It’s not for everyone. Your deep tissue massage may need to be modified if you have any of the following conditions.

Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Scleroderma, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Embolism or Thrombosis, Pregnancy, Aneurysm, Leukemia, Hemophilia, and Extreme High Blood Pressure.  Always share your medical history and current medical conditions with your massage therapist.