DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep Tissue Massage - (DTM) Pressure being the definition of this style hones in on muscles located deeper than superfical layers. Best suited for individuals who are sporty and/or active.
If you experience stress on a daily basis or poor circulation and are sensitive to pressure relaxation/swedish massage is more your desired form of massage.
DTM is not intended to “work out” kinks and knots, but to soothe them.
This type of therapy can utilize various soft tissue techniques used such as Deep Tissue, Soft Tissue, Kneading, Tapotement, Wringing, Squeezing, Shaking and Rocking, Pincement, Hot & Cold treatments, Aromatherapy, and Hydrotherapy to reach the desired state of relaxation.
Relieves stress, encourages relaxation, helps manage pain, relaxes muscles
improves flexibility and range of motion
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage
because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care.
Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard
treatment plans you have.
What is DTM?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the strokes are the same as those used in classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
How Does It Work?
Techniques with chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
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.
Does DTM Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so.
The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Lower back pain
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
Muscle tension or spasm
After a workout or bodybuilding