Deep tissue massage is a combination treatment, incorporating techniques from other massage styles like remedial and relaxation massage. Other techniques such as lymphatic drainage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy are often used during the treatment.
Deep tissue massage facilitates long term relaxation and mood improvement. Monthly or bi-monthly sessions can do wonders for stress levels. Anthony’s experience enables him to understand the specific areas of the body that hold the most stress.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
- Relieve pain and muscle tension.
- Relax and refresh tired and tight muscles.
- Increases blood flow, and stimulate oxygenation to body organs, removing toxins from tired and tight muscles, facilitating healing.
- Relieve chronic muscle tension and deep knots in the muscle.
- Reduce chronic pain caused by arthritis, muscle inflammation, fibromyalgia & chronic back pain
- In an August 2005 study conducted by Consumer Reports Magazine 34000 people ranked Deep Tissue Massage more effective at relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription drugs, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet change, glucosamine and over the counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for decreasing the pain of fibromyalgia.
How does Deep Tissue Massage differ from Remedial or Relaxation Massage?
Deep tissue is a whole body treatment, unlike remedial massage which often focuses on specific area of pain or injury to the exclusion of the rest of the body. Unlike relaxation massage, the sole aim of deep tissue massage is not relaxation. If you are looking for treatment that creates a sense of bliss, relaxation massage is a better option.
Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
It is always our goal to keep pain levels within your comfort range. It is very important that you let Anthony know if the pain is too much during the treatment. Although deep tissue massage can cause discomfort, patients normally describe it as “good pain”, with results that often produce long term relief. Some patients also experience pain or discomfort for a day or two after treatment, depending on the depth of the treatment.
Always tell us before the treatment if you:
- Are or think you could be pregnant.
- Have a medical condition, or are currently receiving treatment from another practitioner.
- Taking prescribed medication.
- Have a recent injury.
- Have allergies – especially skin related allergies.
- Have broken skin or sores.