Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle. It releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes, more direct deep finger pressure and friction to the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Client and therapist work as a team to locate and alleviate pain patterns.
Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue, trigger points and bound muscles. Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots in muscle fibers that are associated with nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These nodules are small contracted knots which cause pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness or referred pain.
Trigger Point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to the area of maximum tenderness in the muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. With this work, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy are performed together.
The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability today. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed and do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old age. With trigger point therapy pain can be eliminated and after treatments, the swelling and stiffness due to pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved. This technique may cause some soreness during or right after the massage, like you’ve had a good work out. However, you will feel better than ever within a day or two.