What is a deep-tissue massage?
The deep tissue massage technique consists of the application of intense, localized pressure to access the deep tissue layers and connective tissues. It can help to accelerate healing because it increases blood flow and reduces inflammation.
How I perform Deep Tissue Massage?
I will warm the fascia and superficial muscle fibres before, and then I will gradually increase the pressure to the contracted tissue. You might feel discomfort, but it will be totally bearable as I will use a feedback scale (NPRS) in which the client selects a whole number (0–10 integers) that best reflects the intensity of his/her pain. I will then finesse the way deep into muscle tissue with minimal pain.
The Deep Tissue technique I apply is parallel to the muscle fibres and consists of a firm and constant compression in order to affect the deeper structures of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the skin and the more superficial fascia and muscles. I will get to these deep layers, using my fingers, knuckles, elbows, forearms and the heel of the hand. I will apply the pressure gradually to a tight area until resistance is met. I will be consistent with the pressure while the tissue relaxes and until the release is completed. This is a very specific technique where I visualise in my mind a picture of the muscle being worked in order to know precisely the origin, insertion, and direction of the muscle fibres.
Different from Swedish Massage, the Deep Tissue Massage requires a deeper and slower connection to the muscle tissue in order to free congestion the muscular attachments to the skeleton. This will re-establish independent muscle action and will realign posture and movement patterns.
For which conditions is Deep Tissue Massage adequate?
This is a no exhaustive list of conditions where Deep Tissue Massage may help:
- Whiplash, stiff neck and repetitive strain
- Postural problems and sciatica
- Sports injury and recovery from falls
- Muscle tension or spams in the glutes, hamstrings, quads and rhomboids
- IT band
- Low back and upper back pain
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Relief of chronic pain
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