Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
When Deep Tissue is "Kneaded"
As its name implies, the deep tissue massage is a type of Swedish massage which targets the muscles and fascia underneath the top muscle layer of the body. After warming the client up with some initial techniques, the professional will employ strong and specific finger pressure along the muscle's grain combined with firm strokes, which allow the masseur to focus on particularly problematic areas.
This massage takes place while the client is lying face down, and oils may be used to act as a lubricant. It is a common misconception that deep tissue massages are painful. While it is true that varying amounts of pressure are applied to specific places needing attention, pain is not the objective nor usually the result of these maneuvers.
When stimulated, it is often the natural reaction of a muscle to respond by tensing, and overcoming this reflex by making the client more comfortable and relaxed can take time and necessitate an extension or additional appointment. The deep tissue technique aims to break up tangled fascia in areas not commonly accessible during a regular massage, releasing toxins along the way. There are several types of deep tissue techniques, two common methods being Neuromuscular Therapy which focuses on fostering a smooth interface between the central nervous system, bones, and muscles, as well as Myofascial Release which emphasizes the lengthening and stretching of the connective tissue.
By reducing muscle tension and tight tissue clusters, deep tissue techniques are often used to alleviate chronic pain, and the method has been found by one recent University of Maryland Medical Center study to be particularly effective at just that. Clients are recommended to drink plenty of water in the day or two after experiencing a deep tissue massage, as this will help the system to better flush out toxins released during the massage.