Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage aims at relieving tension in deeper muscle which may be causing pain or restricting movement. It not only targets deeper layers of muscles and tissues but also seeks to treat adhesions of fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue which surrounds other tissues, including tendons, ligaments, and muscle fibers. The white marbling of a steak is fascia. When healthy, fascia separates and provides lubrication for different tissues, allowing them to move freely from one another. Sometimes, however, fascia gets stuck to other tissues. These adhesions, as they’re called, can be caused by injury, trauma to the tissues, over-exertion, repetitive stress injury, or chronic poor posture. Adhesions can be painful. Even worse they can restrict movement, causing other problems, or cause pain by compressing nerves.
Deep tissue massage is often confused with deep pressure massage. Although similar, deep pressure uses sustained, often intense, deep pressure throughout the session. Deep tissue massage uses various techniques, such deep longitudinal strokes and cross fiber friction.