Sports/Deep Tissue Massage
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue massage is a type of massage that focuses on the realigning of deep layers of muscle and fascia. It is used for the treatment of chronic aches and pains, stiff areas (commonly neck, shoulders and lower back) and muscle tightness, knots and trigger points. The technique used for this type of massage is similar to Swedish massage (relaxing massage) but the pressure is deeper and the strokes are slower.
Sports Massage: Sports Massage is similar in many ways to deep tissue massage however it can be used pre and post workout/event to aid the performance and the recovery.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Reduction in Chronic pain
Chronic muscle tension/injury is often due to adhesions within the muscles, tendons or ligaments. Adhesions are painful, tough bands of tissue that can cause pain, inflammation and limit range of movement.
Deep Tissue Massage increases the blood flow through the area and to the area being massaged. This increase of blood flow encourages the removal of toxins from the area and reduces inflammation that can cause pain. The therapist can penetrate deep layers of muscle using specific techniques that can alleviate muscle tension. Muscle tension is often the side affect of pain. and so reduce the muscle tension, reduce the pain!
It's also been found that massage like deep tissue massage reduces the stress hormone levels and heart rate whilst boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin serotonin and endorphins (the good mood chemicals). People that suffer with chronic stress often suffer its side affects like tension headaches, stiff neck/shoulders and tight muscles. These symptoms can be alleviated by deep tissue massage.
Rehabilitate injured muscles
Deep tissue massage can be an affective form of treatment for injured muscles because it facilitates the movement of toxins like lactic acid from the muscles and helps to stretch tight over worked/damaged muscles and realign the muscle fibres. The healing process is promoted by the increased blood flow.
Reduce Scar Tissue
Scar tissue... yep that's painful and stiff too! Overtime deep tissue massage can help to break up and eventually erase scar tissue in the muscle. This is done by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage. Once the scar tissue begins to break down and improvement in flexibility and range of movement can be noticed in the affected area.
Overall it can reduce pain, inflammation and promote the healing process and boost your feel good hormones!
What's not to love!?
That important question... Is it painful?!
It is often noted that due to the pressure of the massage it can be painful however I will work with your pain tolerance and so if you feel it is too painful just tell me and I will tailor the depth to your tolerance.
Sports Massage is not suppose to bruise you like many believe and it's not suppose to be excruciating! However, some people do bruise easily and so if you do bruise do not be alarmed, it will subside.