Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the low lying muscle groups, fascia and connective tissue by using slow and deep pressure, concentrating on those areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub layer of muscles and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid fascia) surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement and inflammation and depending how long you've had these for, it may take a few sessions to fully release however, you will feel a difference after your first session.
Deep Tissue Massage on its own or with Cupping are effective in restoring movement and discomfort from adhesions, posture, injuries, scar tissue (from mastectomy / throat / neck etc. due to radiation), knee / hip replacement, post injuries, tendonitis and more however, some treatments will also require silicon and or vacuum cupping and or a hand held device to help breakdown and restore fascia for more effect.
It is important to understand bruising as these are greatly misunderstood and feared. These bruises are not unhealthy but good bruises. You are always briefed about the possibility of bruises before your session.
How Deep Tissue Massage Works
By using a little oil, wax or cream and applying direct deep pressure with specific slow movements, these adhesions are broken down by using fingertips, knuckles, palms, elbows and forearms or with cupping and massage tools.
Deep tissue massage helps relieve pain and restore movement. It is important for muscles to be relaxed in order to reach the deeper musculature and your breath is a great tool at helping with this and any discomfort. During the massage at certain points, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain. It is important to say when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
There's usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage and this should subside within a few days.
Bruising is not avoidable and isn't a bad thing. There's a difference between a blunt trauma bruise which is a bruise caused by a knock, fall or by force and a bruise caused by Deep Tissue massage (when working on specific adhesions or areas), which replenishes the unhealthy tissue bringing healthy fluids and blood back into the area and leaves you with a healthy bruise. It's also possible for some, to experience inflammation when, for example using vertical or horizontal friction with a hand held massage tool or cupping. As we know, Vacuum cupping causes circular bruises which, are healthy because they are not only releasing toxins but fascia as well and Silicon cupping can cause bruises, especially when your fascia is extremely tight and you are aware of this tightness, because you ache.
Everyone is different as are your reactions, and so will be your session. I will discuss beforehand how we shall proceed and what to expect.