Massage Therapy: Deep Tissue Massage
The use of techniques targeted to reach and affect the sub-layers of musculature and fascia is the hallmark of Deep Tissue Massage. These techniques require more advanced training and a more thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology than other types of Massage Therapy. These techniques are used to release chronic muscle tension and holding patterns through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles and fascia (or connective tissue).
Treatment of stiff or painful areas is done by determining the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature, and slowly working into these deeper layers of muscle tissue. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper tissue structures. Deep Tissue Massage helps with chronic muscle pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. Deep Tissue Massage is generally integrated with other massage techniques.