Deep Tissue Massage, also known as Neuromuscular Therapy, is a highly specialized form of manual therapy that aides in correcting pain and dysfunction. Focusing on trigger points, muscle adhesions, and fascial patterns. These things can form due to trauma, repetitive movements and postural habits. This type of massage is considered deep tissue because the therapist is working with muscles under the superficial layers. However, it is not supposed to be painful. There may be some discomfort but that should be communicated to the therapist.
In order to reach the deep muscle tissue, the therapist will massage layer by layer of muscle, applying more pressure as needed to reach and stretch that deep tissue.
This type of massage facilitates healing by releasing contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It can help increase blood flow to the soft tissues and may help to reduce inflammation. This type of massage should help in improving the client's range of motion and help with chronic pain.
Multiple appointments may be needed to achieve lasting results.
Before a deep tissue massage, you will discuss your problem areas with your therapist. A deep tissue massage can be full-body or focused only on one area depending on the time available. You will begin lying on your back or stomach and under a sheet. It’s up to you to determine your level of undress.
Deep tissue massages begin as a more traditional relaxation massage. After the muscles are warmed up, your massage therapist will begin to work deep into your problem areas.
In addition to their palms, finger tips, and knuckles, your therapist may use their forearms or elbows to increase pressure.
It’s important to be open with your massage therapist about the level of pressure and discomfort you wish to endure. This may be different for certain areas and throughout the massage. Feel free to communicate with your massage therapist before and during the massage.