Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage is similar to a Swedish massage, and is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains in the neck, upper and lower back areas. It focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). Many doctors recommend deep tissue massage as a treatment option. It is used to treat a variety of physical ailments by using deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes.
Deep tissue massage therapy helps to reduce the inflammation that causes pain by breaking down adhesions that block circulation and increasing the flow of blood through the body. Many massage therapists use oil along with deep pressure to relax the muscles and reach the deeper musculature. At certain points during the massage, there may be some discomfort and patients may experience brief stiffness after a massage. Deep tissue massage also helps to ease stress and tension and can increase the body’s production of serotonin, the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings.