Many people call us or come into our Christiansted studio asking for a “Deep Tissue Massage”. They often add, “The deeper, the better”, and we are generally happy to comply with their wishes. There are times when this type of massage is not recommended, however most people are helped by proper technique provided by a licensed, qualified therapist.
Deep tissue massage involves getting to the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue by methodically relaxing the superficial layers. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be bands of painful, rigid tissue in muscles called “adhesions”. There is generally impaired circulation in these areas and the tension, combine with lack of oxygen flow and toxin removal can increase inflammation and put pressure on the nerves creating pain.
Deep tissue massage can be extremely effective in breaking up these adhesions to help the muscles relax and work better. Less pain and increased circulation can really improve quality of life in many ways.
Tens of thousands of people have chosen deep tissue massage as a preferred method of treating osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia pain over prescription medication and other forms of therapy, according to Consumer Reports Magazine.
Is it for everyone? No, there are certain situations in which deep tissue massage is not recommended. Pregnant women and people with osteoporosis should avoid deep tissue massage, for example, but a more gentle massage is very beneficial in these cases.
If you think you might benefit from a deep tissue massage , call a reputable Licensed Massage Therapist and discuss your situation. You can always change your mind during your massage session if it feels uncomfortable or painful. A good therapist will be able to adjust to accommodate your specific needs.