What is Deep Tissue Massage?
This is a type of massage therapy that uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
The aim of Deep Tissue Massage is not to relax you but to release chronic muscle pain; it can be uncomfortable but should never be painful!
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How does it work?
Deep tissue massage uses slow, firm strokes and pressure to ease and release tension deep in your muscles. Deep finger pressure will concentrate on particular areas, in a process known as "trigger pointing"; pressure is placed on particularly sore points, temporarily stopping blood flow to a particular part of the body, and then releasing it, flooding that body part with fresh blood and oxygen.
Friction is also used on the muscles to warm them and encourage them to relax, the most common techniques include: