Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue

This massage technique focuses on treating deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues.  It uses slower strokes with deeper pressure in order to concentrate and reach deep layer of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascias.  (Fascias are fibrous connective tissues, primarily collagen, found all over the body.  They serve as protective paddings, cushions and insulations between skin to muscles and organs.  E.g. each muscle is wrapped by a fascia; groups of muscles are wrapped by fascias into fascia compartments.)  The technique is used to physically break down tender muscle fiber adhesions (a.k.a. muscle knots) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, inflammation and limited range of motion.  The providers may use fingers, thumbs, knuckles, elbows, fists, knees and feet to give you this type of massage.  For bigger muscle areas; such as back, hips, arms, legs and feet, normally elbows and feet are used.  For smaller/sensitive muscle areas; such as head and face, only fingers, thumbs and knuckles are used.

Conditions that are commonly treated by deep tissue massage:

  • Chronic pain/aches (e.g. low back pain, migraine)
  • Chronic fatigue (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • Joint pain (e.g. osteoarthritis)
  • Muscle spasm (entire muscle contracting) (e.g. cramping leg)
  • Muscle pain that feels deep (e.g. trigger point pain)
  • Muscle tension (e.g. piriformis syndrome, tension headache, stiff neck/shoulder)
  • Nerve pain (e.g. sciatica)
  • Postural conditions (e.g. computer work)
  • Post injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
  • Repetitive strain (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Sports and activities related concerns (e.g. soccer player, runner, dancer, boxer, over work-out…)
  • Tendonitis (e.g. tennis/golf elbow)