Deep Tissue/Specific Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on stretching fascia, a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds, supports and penetrates all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Deep tissue massage works layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles down to the deepest accessible layers to change posture and create freedom of movement by releasing fascial adhesions and chronic muscle contracture.
Adhesions and scar tissue form in muscles because of injury, chronic poor posture, chronic or acute inflammation and repetitive motions. Fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms and elbows are implemented to stretch each muscle and fascia layer.
Deep tissue work creates micro-tears in the fascia, which fill with elastin and collagen in about three days, creating muscles that are more flexible, supple and have greater range of motion. For the most success, the client must be willing to stretch regularly between sessions to retrain muscles and prevent recurrence of muscle contracture.
Does a deep tissue massage hurt? How hard is the pressure?
It shouldn’t hurt, but it’s likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you. It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues.