Details of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage has a rehabilitative and therapeutic purpose. As the name implies, deep tissue massage targets the deeper, innermost layers of muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Impairment of these areas can occur as a result of injury, chronic disease or surgery. The prime focus of deep tissue massage is to break up scar tissue and loosen constrictions to blood flow that cause long-term inflammation, debilitating pain and prevent comfortable mobility. When blood and oxygen flow are restored, healing can happen more efficiently.
Of necessity, deep tissue massage uses more pressure and has a greater intensity in its strokes than its related technique, Swedish massage. In order to access that site or sites of pain buried within the body, a massage therapist may use, elbows and forearms to add pressure that hands alone cannot provide. Deep tissue massage also employs the use of deep kneading and different levels of pressure in the stroking movements to access areas that need support and release.