Deep Tissue Massage, is a therapeutic massage that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is a technique that is helpful to release the chronic tension of muscles, and to target and work out any knots.
It is also a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and past lingering injuries.
Brie Storz, C.M.T.
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Deep Tissue Massage uses the same techniques and strokes as Swedish Massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense, as it focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia (connective tissues) to release muscle tension and promote healing.
It can be applied with fingers, thumbs, forearm, elbows, or with specific massage tools.
This is a sometimes painful technique, often used to treat sports injuries.
When receiving a deep tissue massage, I will ask you how the pressure is throughout the massage. While I definitely will want to work the muscles deeply, I don't want to cause you pain. It is important to speak up, if the pain is too intense.
Often, in cases of extreme knots, it may be necessary for me to work on the muscles with the Myofascial Release techniques first, which is a technique that involving the stretching and manipulation of the tough connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds the body. This will allow me to gain access to the deeper layers that need working on.
Often, due to the discomfort that clients may feel while having this type of deeper massage, it may be necessary to have more than one session in order to break up the knots, or problem areas.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem such as:
You may be sore for a day or two after a deep tissue massage. Here are a few things that you can do to help:
If you are suffering from chronic tension in your muscles, please schedule a Deep Tissue Massage appointment with Brie of Massage By Brie!