Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper structures of connective tissue. It is especially useful in areas where a lot of tension is held, or areas that experience repeated movements.

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Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to access and manipulate the deeper layers of muscle and fascia. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.

It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

The term “deep tissue massage” is sometimes misused and misunderstood by clients who are requesting it.  Some people believe the term “deep tissue” means “deep pressure”. Some points of the massage may use deep pressure techniques, but the real meaning behind deep tissue massage is described as focused work on the underlying muscle layers, fascia and connective tissue, that is addressing a specific complaint. More info from our blog post Deep Tissue vs Deep Pressure Massage.

A deep tissue session typically does not include a “full body treatment”, as it takes more time to work through the muscle layers in order to get to the deeper structures. There may be periods of discomfort during the massage, but it should never be unbearable. Appropriate communication between the client and practitioner should be maintained throughout the session in order to make sure the client is comfortable at all times.

The days following a deep tissue session, it is not uncommon for the client to feel increased muscle soreness from the focused work. Always remember to drink plenty of water following the massage, and to follow through with any self-care recommendations provided by the massage therapist (stretches/exercises, ice, heat, etc.)

All Performance Bodywork therapists are highly experienced in deep tissue techniques, and it is our primary specialty.