Deep Tissue Massage
The deep tissue massage focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This approach is particularly effective for chronic tension and contracted areas (neck, lower back and shoulders).
Some maneuvers are similar to those used in traditional massage except that the movements are slower and deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain pressure. When there is chronic tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. The deep tissue massage works on releasing adhesions to relieve pain and promote a return to normal movement.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.