What is DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE? Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue, and fascia. The massage therapist uses slow, concentrated deep pressure strokes on areas of tension and pain with the goals of improving range of motion, improving posture, reducing stress, reducing pain and assist in recovery from injury. Deep tissue massage is usually done over a localized area of the body. The term deep tissue massage is generally used to refer to specific treatment work on a localized area and is often confused with deep pressure massage, which is a full body massage using deep pressure. At Loomis Hall Massage Therapy we usually combine deep tissue with other massage modalities to provide specific treatment work and full body relaxation at the same time. Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Relief from chronically tense and contracted areas such as neck, lower back, shoulders, etc.
Relief from stress-tension headaches
Relief from chronic pain
Relief of muscle tension and spasm
Treatment of and relief from trigger points, adhesions, and scar tissue
Increased range of motion and mobility
Recovery from accidents and injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injuries)
Treatment and relief of repetitive motion and stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, overused muscles and joints related to overuse)
Treatment of postural problems allowing the body to return to its ideal resting state
Relief from osteoarthritis pain
Relief from pain related to fibromyalgia
Increase blood and oxygen circulation
Decrease the occurrence of muscle cramps
What to Expect During a Deep Tissue Massage A deep tissue massage does not have to hurt to be effective. There may be some discomfort or pain at some point during the massage, especially in localized areas surrounding the injury. It is important to tell the massage therapist if there is pain; especially if the pain is outside your comfort level. Remember, we are working with you to provide the best possible massage experience for you. We can adjust our pressure to give you more or less pressure depending on your preferences. Our goal is not to hurt you; it is to assist in your healing process! After a deep tissue massage there can be some stiffness, achiness, or soreness in a localized areas that lasts a day or two. It is highly recommended to apply ice after a deep tissue massage and any time you feel pain. Ice will assist in the recovery process and help your body heal. If the soreness lasts more than 48 hours please inform your massage therapist at the next session. It is also recommended to drink water before and after a massage. By keeping your body hydrated you will decrease the likelihood of muscle cramps and soreness.