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Breaking Down the Stress with Deep Tissue Massage
Our Sanford location has skilled therapists who perform a variety of treatments, and prefer helping those with extra tension. The deep tissue massage is a more concentrated type of massage therapy that goes beyond mere relaxation and, as its name implies, aims to reach the body’s deepest muscle groups. The daily contraction of certain muscles can lead to various physiological problems related to the alignment of muscle and connective tissue. A trained massage therapist can discover the depth of those problems then help to alleviate ailments with the techniques of deep tissue massage therapy.
Seasoned clients of massage therapy will recognize the techniques of deep tissue massage. These familiar techniques––effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction––are generally used to achieve compression and extension of the body’s deeper muscles lying beneath layers of skin, blood vessels, and fascia. Both compression and extension can be performed in a variety of ways. The massage therapist may use elbows, knuckles, forearms, or specially designed massage tools to compress the body’s muscles. While extension is most easily performed by gripping firmly bundles of muscle fibers with the hands and stretching them obliquely.
Deep tissue massage is usually performed with some oils, but sometimes it is not necessary. Because the depth of some muscles requires the massage therapist to be firmer than when performing other massage therapies, some clients report discomfort and pain when undergoing a deep tissue massage treatments. However, this discomfort is completely normal and rarely a cause for alarm, especially for clients new to the treatment. The massage therapist should disclose the potential discomforts of deep tissue massage and remain vigilant of the client’s tolerance levels while administering the massage. As always, the client is free to request the therapist to stop or lighten the pressure at any time.
While some discomfort is normal in deep tissue massage, many clients also report an intense feeling of relaxation and reduced pain after the treatment is completed. Often, individuals seeking therapy have chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, back, and legs. Extended contraction of muscles in these areas or, conversely, extended periods of remaining in a stationary position may result in an inadequate supply of blood to muscles and a misalignment of muscle and tissue.
Through compression and extension, the therapist can manually maneuver essential fresh blood to and from deep muscles. Extension is especially helpful to individuals suffering from fibrosis, the unnatural growth of connective tissue usually after the onset of injury. Extension of muscle fibers may also increase range of motion. Like medical massage, deep tissue massage therapy can address many illnesses including high blood pressure, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia.
Finally, deep tissue massage therapy delivers a wealth of psychological benefits inseparable from physical palliative care, including an increased feeling of well-being.
The Massage Center offers its own modality of the deep tissue massage, appropriately called “Melt My Muscles,” which is exactly what a much-needed deep tissue massage can do. From the manual laborer after a long shift of strenuous exertion to the employee stuck in an uncomfortable office chair all day, all can benefit from a treatment. Keep in mind that those with certain skin and muscle diseases and those recovering from surgery should not seek a deep tissue massage, as the sustained pressure of the massage may prove more harmful than helpful.
Article Submitted by:Dan Abella Content Writer The Massage Center
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