Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. The massage therapist may use his/her forearms, elbows or thumbs/fingers to apply pres-sure. Deep tissue work can be used in conjunction with Swedish massage and/or stretches to loosen the muscles in a specific area, or by itself for a mini-target session.
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
· Chronic muscle pain
· Limited mobility
· Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injuries)
· Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
· Postural problems
· Osteoarthritis pain
· Muscle tension or spasm
****Description of specific massage modalities does not imply all Therapists are certified in all forms.****