Deep Tissue is sculpting the musculature with soft tissue manipulation. It releases deeply held trauma and patterns be it physical, mental, or emotional by bringing it to the surface rather than meeting it deep, down inside. This is done by applying compression with different tools (hand, thumb, elbows...) in a way that allows the therapist to slowly sink/melt into the body to remove the layers of tension and work through any resistance of chronically shortened muscles in a friendly way, rather than forcing deep into the muscle and causing more trauma to an already traumatized area.

This technique is usually used in combination with other massage techniques that can warm up the muscles first before any deep tissue work is done in order to avoid post massage soreness.

Deep Tissue work is highly beneficial for anyone who has chronic pain, wants to increase flexibility, range of motion or release muscular limitations imposed by scar tissue and adhesions. It also helps improve posture and circulation.

A good therapist guides the client with breathing, as they work slowly with an acute sensitivity, feeling the subtle defensive resistances within the client to avoid forcing their body to open up before it is ready. This approach to deep tissue insures relatively pain-free, long term release to the body.

 Pain is a signal meaning something is wrong, whether it is physical, mental or emotional pain. One should not endure severe pain during a deep tissue massage.  Pain does not mean you are making therapeutic progress. The saying "No Pain No Gain" does not apply to massage!  If your treatment becomes overly painful, tell your therapist to stop and lighten their touch!  There is also a difference between pain and discomfort.  Discomfort is that hurt so good, (ahhhh  what a relief that massage is!).  Pain is that hurt so bad ( harm being inflicted).  Know the difference and guide your therapist to create the perfect session for yourself.



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