Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue to relieve chronic muscle tension or injury.
Deep tissue techniques may result in some some discomfort and residual pain for a day or two following the treatment. The massage releases toxins into the body from the massaged tissue. You need to drink plenty of water for a while after the massage to flush your body of these toxins.
Most sessions will start with lighter pressure to warm the muscles and move slowly into the deeper pressure. It must be done this way because, if deep pressure is applied immediately, the muscles will automatically tighten for protection. This could result in more pain and possibly injury, so the massage therapist will instead begin with less pressure and slowly start the deeper techniques.
Most deep tissue massages will use a minimum of oils or lotions, because there isn’t much gliding or stroking of the skin.
A technique used in a deep tissue massage is Trigger Point.
Trigger Point is a form of therapy that focuses on trigger points in the body. These are not the same as the points used in acupressure, but are physical points in the body that cause pain and can be felt by touch. They are very common and are also commonly known as muscle knots. There are two types of trigger points: active and latent. An active trigger point hurts without being touched and if it is pressed on, it will send the pain to another part of the body. Latent trigger points only hurt when they are touched and they will not send the pain elsewhere in the body. The most obvious and instantaneous benefit of trigger point therapy is pain relief, but there are many more benefits that can be achieved over time with trigger point therapy, including the following:
- Increased range of motion
- More flexibility
- Better circulation
- Reduced stiffness
The above benefits all take time and several treatments. This is because multiple treatments help to teach the muscles how to move without causing as much pain.
30 Min – $75
60 Min – $120
90 Min – $175