This is a general description of the modality Deep Tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage works through
muscle tension layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where chronic pain
and tension may be released. Deep work is often slower than regular bodywork,
allowing the soft tissues to open at deeper levels. Since deep work requires
more time to release the tension in specialized areas, your massage will not
always treat all areas of your body in one session. Deep tissue massage uses
slow strokes and deep pressure on painful parts of the body. Some specific
methods of Deep Tissue Massage include Rolfing and Hellerwork. Deep Tissue
Massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow
strokes, direct pressure, or friction usually on a focused problem area. Often
the movements are directed across the grain of the muscles (cross-fiber) using
the fingers, thumbs, or elbows. This is applied with greater pressure and at
deeper layers of the muscle than Swedish massage and that is why it is called
deep tissue. Deep tissue massage is a technique used in sports massage.
Deep doesn't necessarily mean "hard."
With the proper technique, muscles deep in the body can be reached with a
minimum of pressure.
Deep tissue massage employs the
principles of muscular restoration. It works across the muscles manipulating
deep tissues, stimulating circulation, and regenerating lymphatic flow. This
promote detoxification and oxygenation of stagnant tissues. It is designed to
bring fluids into the cells, stimulating changes on a cellular level. Deep
tissue massage releases adherent muscle conditions existing in deep layers of
muscle and actually corrects damaged muscle tissue.
Deep tissue massage relieves entrapment of nerves, and it also aids in moving
out toxins and congestion that may have accumulated in damaged muscles and soft
tissue, thereby reducing edema and inflammation, as well as reducing pain. It
softens hard fibrous muscle which restricts joint range of motion, thereby
"throwing off" the body's proper structural alignment.
Deep tissue massage provides a form of passive exercise for those who have been
injured or ill. Combining deep tissue massage with traditional treatments of
diseases offers an added edge that can speed recovery and promote maximum
improvement where traditional treatments leave off.
Below is just a partial list of ways that deep tissue massage can help with your
- Muscular system - Corrects
damaged muscles, softens hard fibrous muscles, separates adherent fibers,
allows nutrients and medicines to reach cellular areas, cleans cells by
removing wastes, relieves pain, and relieves congestion and inflammation.
- Skin -Improves circulation
to the skin, moisturizes dry, scaly skin, improves skintone, reduces bed
sores, acne and other skin eruptions, and reduces the buildup of cellulite.
- Skeletal system - Improves
joint range of motion, clears deposits and debris from old bone injuries,
restores damaged ligaments and tendons, enhances effectiveness of
chiropractic and osteopathic treatment, and improves posture.
- Nervous system - Releases
trapped nerves in soft tissue, relieves neuromuscular conditions, reduces
inflammation and congestion along nerve pathways, and improves conditions
resulting from brain injury.
- Cardiovascular system -
Contributes to the improvement of sclerotic blood vessels, relieves
congestion in chest for congestive heart patients, and improves general
health so that heart patients can maintain self through exercise.
- Lymphatic system -
Releases trapped of lymphatic vessels, drains sluggish nodes, and improves
integrity of lymphatic blood vessel walls.
- Respiratory system -
Releases restrictions in breathing muscles, promotes postural improvement
which reduces crowding of lungs, and removes old congestion in lung and rib
- Neuromuscular Therapy
provides relief for:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Repetitive Stress
- Sports Injuries
- Lower Back Pain
Deep Tissue Massage/Bodywork
for Giving Deep Tissue Bodywork
for Receiving Deep Tissue Bodywork
Basic Tools and Techniques
The Art and Technique of Deep Tissue
Bodywork: Depth and Intention
Muscles That May Be The Cause of Pain
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