Deep Tissue Massage

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How can Deep Tissue Massage help you?

Following is a summary of the commonly known potential benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:

  • Eases Back and Neck Pain and Tension, including pain from Plantar Fasciitis, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow or Low-Back Pain
  • Helps Arthritis Pain/Symptoms
  • Muscle and Injury Rehabilitation
  • Breaks Down Scar Tissue and can Improve Range of Motion
  • Relieves Stress
  • Increases Joint, Muscle, Ligament, and Tendon Mobility
  • Reduces Chronic Pain
  • Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Improves Postural Problems
  • Aids Sports-related Muscle Recovery
  • Helps with Labour and Delivery
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Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) is known for its ability to help your mind and body relax. DTM is a type of massage therapy that involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

DTM is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Sometimes this technique involves a therapist using firmer pressure in order to reach these key areas and get them to release. This is why this particular massage is often recommended for people who are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch. However, Deep Tissue Massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer.

DTM is used for chronic aches and pain, along with contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. (Northwest Career College, US)

Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) is also known as Therapeutic Massage. This type of massage uses special techniques that are not used in a Relaxation Massage session. In order to release the tightness in the soft tissue, the Massage Therapist needs to work deeper into the tissue and will use whichever therapeutic technique is most effective for the condition. In working deeper into the tissues, it requires a firmer pressure and an expected level of discomfort.

Throughout a Therapeutic Massage session, the Massage Therapist must “check in” with the patient on the amount of pressure being used so that only as much pressure as is needed in each area is used. Therapeutic Massage does not need to cause intolerable or excruciating pain to get results. Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. The pressure will generally be more intense than a relaxation massage. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots. (ABM College, Calgary and Toronto Canada)

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that attempts to treat chronic tension in deep muscles of the body. It is thought to relieve pain and increase flexibility. (HealthLink BC Definition)

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue. It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. (HealthLine)

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