Deep Tissue Massage is all about reaching the deeper layers of muscles in your body and realigning your Fascia, or connective tissue. Fascia is an envelope of dense connective tissue that wraps around a region of muscles. It acts as an organizer for our muscles by compartmentalizing them.
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In the 1930’s, Dr. Ida Rolf, a Biological Chemist, conducted a 30 year research study on the properties on Fascia. She found that these connective tissues could be manipulated and molded when heat is applied. And this heat is produced through deep tissue massage techniques. By using fists, knuckles, forearms and elbows, these techniques are achieved. With lighter, more superficial, swedish massage techniques only the superficial muscles can be reached and fascia is unlikely to be manipulated. Indefinitely, the effects of Deep Tissue massage last much longer than with Swedish techniques. And by performing deep, slow strokes your fascia and muscles will actually be lengthened! I have often measured the height of my clients before and after each session. It is not unusual for someone to lengthen in height by an inch or so at the end of their session! Lengthening of fascia has several benefits including:
- Decreases muscle tightness
- Improves posture
- Increases flexibility
- Increases range of motion and mobility
Deep tissue is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks and lower back pain. And this type of therapy is useful for all people. This can be very helpful for athletes who expose their muscles to intense daily conditioning. And in many cases, a deep tissue massage has replaced the classic Swedish massage in terms of frequency of use. People who have traditionally gone to spas and requested a relaxing swedish massage are now seeking out a massage that conditions and heals deep muscles.
Those suffering from chronic illnesses may also find deep tissue massage to be extremely therapeutic. Sufferers of chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, and even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may find significant relief from deep tissue massage. The deep pressure in these sessions stimulate circulation in areas of pain, therefore allowing them to heal.
What to Expect During and After Your Deep Tissue Massage Session
During your massage, you may feel some discomfort due to the deep pressure. But as tight muscles are worked and you are able to relax more, you may notice the muscles actually loosening during the session. You will also notice right away that your skin becomes warm which usually induces relaxation.
Once your session is over, you may experience muscle soreness for the next few days. In my experience, this soreness can be compared to the soreness you feel after a good work-out. But your muscles will definitely feel relieved and looser, and you should notice much more mobility in your overall structure.
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