Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage uses slow strokes and deep pressure to work on tight areas to release tension in the muscles and connective tissue or fascia and restore flexibility.  Generally slower than Swedish, this technique goes deeper into the muscle and connective tissue to release chronic tension which might have developed from injury or overuse.  The therapist uses their forearm, knuckles and elbow in a slow, controlled way to focus pressure on problem areas and will invariably work out hard knots or adhesions that exist in the muscles.  Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement and inflammation.

Many of the same techniques used in Swedish massage are also implemented in Deep Tissue massage, but the pressure is usually more intense and focused using forearms, knuckes and elbows.  

Deep Tissue massage is great for people who sit or stand in one position all day or who engage in physical activity on a regular basis.  Muscles tend to compensate for one another, which can create an imbalance in the muscular structure of the body.  Deep Tissue massage serves to ease the tension in over-compensating muscles and to alleviate stress on particular muscle groups.  

Many people mistakenly believe that Deep Tissue massage should hurt, and that if the therapist applies more pressure, pain will be instantly relieved.  In reality, the massage should not hurt, though it might be uncomfortable in comparison to Swedish massage.  The pressure can be tailored to the individual and the therapists will always encourage you to say something if the pressure becomes too much.


For further information about therapies call Caroline Madden on 07816 888 847

Photo's from The Bowen Technique the inside story by kind permission John Wilks, pub CYMA Ltd