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Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Services

What is a Deep Tissue Massage: A deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues. A deep tissue massage uses some of the same strokes as a Swedish massage however, the movement is slower and deeper pressure is applied in concentrated areas that hold tension and pain. Deep tissue is especially helpful for chronic tension. The most common places that hold tension is in the neck area, lower back, shoulders, and on professional athlete's, the legs. Areas that are chronically tense can end up causing ongoing discomfort and pain.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work: When there is chronic muscle tension and pain associated from a past injury, there are usually adhesion's (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesion's can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesion's to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To break down the adhesion's, the massage professional often uses direct deep pressure and some friction that is applied across the grain of the muscle tissues.

Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt: At certain points during a deep tissue massage it is possible to experience some discomfort and pain. If at any time you feel discomfort and/or pain beyond a "hurt so good" it is important to communicate with the massage professional so he/she can readjust their pressure and/or make other adjustments. There could be some muscular soreness after receiving a deep tissue massage, it however should subside within a day or two. 

Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage: Unlike a classic Swedish massage, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage can help with day to day stress related health issues to chronic health related issues. The following, are some examples of the many health benefits from receiving a deep tissue massage.

• Relieves Stress
• Encourages Relaxation
• Over All Relaxes Muscle & Connective Tissues
Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion
Helps with Limited Mobility
Lowers Blood Pressure
Rehabilitates Injured Muscle Tissues from Injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injury)

• Helps with Repetitive Strain Injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome)
• Helps with Postural Problems
Helps Manage Pain
Relieves Chronic Pain
Relieves Osteoarthritis Pain
Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain
Relieves Over All Muscle Tension & Spasms

Consultation: Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a health history form. The main purpose of the client intake forms is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues (within the year) and injuries so the massage professional can take special care to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.

Professionalism: 
By law, all clients receiving services by a licensed professional must be properly draped underneath a sheet, blanket, and/or towel during all massage therapy sessions. During a massage you are generally nude or in undergarments underneath the drapping. The massage professional uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. Our professionals will give each client privacy by leaving the room to wash their hands while each client undresses/dresses when getting on and off the massage table. Our professionals will also knock and ask to re-enter the room.

Massage Therapist What to Expect During the Massage: Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage professional works on certain tense areas. It is very important to communicate with your massage professional on pressure comfort. Deep tissue massage should never go beyond a "hurt so good".

What Should You Do After a Deep Tissue Massage: Professionals encourage their clients to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue massage to flush metabolic waste from their tissues. Massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. It is important to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Additional Tip: Don't eat a heavy meal before a massage.

Precautions & ContraindicationsMassage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to get a written scrip from your physician. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose a medical condition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of "contraindications".