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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massages focus on working out the knots in your muscles while releasing toxins and any lactic acid that may have built up.  The focus on for any deep tissue massage is to treat any musculoskeletal issues.  These strains may have come from work, sports injuries, or daily life.  By focusing on the deep connective tissues, a deep tissue massage can help to break up any scar tissue that may have developed.

Who can benefit from a deep tissue massage?
  • Athletes
  • People with bad posture
  • People who overuse their muscles for work
  • People who underuse their muscles
  • Those with a higher pain threshold
  • Those who have fibromyalgia
  • Those with osteoarthritis pain
  • People with plantar fasciitis
  • Those with high blood pressure
  • Those with sciatica
  • People with tennis elbow

Who should avoid deep tissue massages?
  • People that are pregnant
  • Those who are injured
  • Those who have just had a surgery
  • People who prefer light massages

talk to your doctor before your massage if you 
  • have a history of blood clots
  • Are taking blood thinners
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Are undergoing cancer treatment

As a deep tissue massage focuses on treating chronic pain or sports related injuries, increased pressure is required to get into the deeper layers of the muscles.  While the massage will start with palms and fingers, the use of elbows and forearms will be used for more pressure.  Your massage therapist will use different techniques to treat muscle/tendon injuries, any chronic pain, or stiffness.

Because of the nature of the massage, it is good to discuss anything that may be of concern with your massage therapist before the session starts.  While a deep tissue massage can focus on one area, there are other related areas that interconnect different muscles and tendons.  While you should feel increased pressure in the problem areas, you shouldn’t be in pain.  Make sure you inform the massage therapist if you need them to use less pressure.

What Are Some side effects of deep tissue massages?
  • Pain 1-2 days after the massage
  • Muscle soreness and Fatigue
  • Inflammation
  • Skin redness and heat
  • Nausea due to detoxification
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood change

What should I do after my deep tissue massage?
  • Drink water to flush out toxins
  • Have something to eat
  • Take a bath
  • Use a cold pack for 10-15 mins on any aching muscles
  • Relax with some soft music

What shouldn’t I do after a deep tissue massage?
  • Drink coffee as it will counteract the effects of the massage
  • Consume alcohol
  • Take part in any physical activities

Deep tissue massages are best for those who are physically active, are recovering from an injury or have some chronic pain.  If you are looking for a deep tissue massage, you can see my availability by clicking the book online link above.

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