The term “deep tissue” is often misunderstood as deep pressure massage. While deep pressure may or may not be utilized, the term is mostly referencing the structures that are being addressed. Any massage that is applied with the intention of changing the tissue is technically considered deep tissue.
What Are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
As described by WebMD, “deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff ‘trouble spots’ in your body.” Your therapist will use slow strokes to apply pressure to the structure of tendons, muscles, ligaments, and other tissues.
Our clients report that deep tissue massage helps with conditions such as repetitive stress injuries, sports injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, and fibromyalgia.
See this article in Massage Magazine for more information on benefits of deep tissue massage.
Our Approach to Deep Tissue Massage
After thorough intake, the therapist warms up the tissues then spends as much time as is needed getting the tissues involved to lengthen and relax. This may mean slow, deep compressions or more agitation of the tissue to get circulation moving into the muscles.
You and your therapist decide on whether it is appropriate to spend your whole session on just the area of focus or if you want just some extra attention there but sill want more of a whole body session.
What makes deep tissue massage different at Loosen Up?
Focus on learning about our clients’ health goals We love learning about what motivates our clients and helping them achieve their health goals by creating unique treatment and self care plans to suit their needs.
Collaboration with our clients We rely on feedback from our clients before, during, and after sessions to ensure that their body is responding in a productive way that supports their goals.
Collaboration with our client’s health team We work with many local Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors to ensure that our clients are getting care that supports the plans that they have developed.
What to Expect From a Deep Tissue Massage Session
Deep tissue massage works best when you are ready to collaborate with your therapist, so it is always a good idea to come prepared.
Drinking plenty of water and wearing comfortable clothing to your appointment will help you and your therapist to get the most out of your time with us. Remember your goal is our goal so communicate with your therapist what your priorities are: reduce pain, improve range of motion, etc.
What to Do Before Your Session
Get a diagnosis if you’re experiencing severe or persistent pain.
Take note of activities that aggravate or provide relief for you.
Drink plenty of water.
What to Expect During Your Session
With deep tissue massage, we are typically working with clients who have some sort of acute or chronic injury or condition. There is usually some soreness or stiffness present. It’s important to tell your therapist if you are feeling yourself tense up or if you are holding your breath. If your body is fighting the work because it’s too intense, the work can become counterproductive.