(reasons to have one)
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
- chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders
- recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and “knots” deep in the muscles
Benefits of Massage
You know that post-massage feeling. Your mind is clear and your body is relaxed. An occasional massage leaves you feeling great, but regular massage can do so much more. The work I do builds on itself, helping your body maintain its relaxed state and your muscles to remain loose even during times of physical and mental stress.
Main reason to have a Deep-Tissue massage is to
Who doesn’t want to reduce the stress in their life? Stress relief is key to finding the balance of a healthy lifestyle. Even a single massage session has been shown to significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels – all of which help reduce daily stress.
How often and how long are you actually able to disconnect from life? Massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode – an effect that lingers long after the massage is over.
HELPS YOUR POSTURE
Unlike other bad habits, poor posture can help be corrected by relaxation. Massage helps reinforce healthy and natural movements, which can get your posture back on track.
HELPS YOUR BREATHING
One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress is constricted breathing. Massage can play an important role in relieving respiratory issues and training the body how to relax.
''Seratonin and dopamine are released through massage, and the result is a feeling of calm relaxation that makes chronic or habitual stress much easier to overcome.''
IMPROVE YOUR TRAINING
GET THE KNOTS OUT
Got neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage helps get to the root of persistent pain by relaxing tense muscles.
IMPROVED BLOOD CIRCULATION
The pressure created by massage therapy helps move blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in and old blood to flow out, resulting in improved body function
HELPS KEEP FLEXIBLE
As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.
RECOVERING FROM INJURY
Rehabilitating any injury can be a frustrating process. Massage can aid in rehabilitation by increasing flexibility and strength.
''Long term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure.''
BOOST YOUR HEALTH
Many people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage can help ease the pressure and pain, which may also reduce the chance and frequency of headaches.
STAY HEALTHIER, LONGER
Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity–the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”.
HELPS DURING RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION
Massage can help the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.
REDUCES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
There are more misconceptions about high blood pressure than nearly any other medical condition. But massage therapy is one of the few effective ways that has been found to stave off high blood pressure naturally.
The bellow diagram shows a number of specific injuries that can be either treated or rehabilitated with the aid of deep-tissue massage
Benefits of massage for specific injuries
Back pain, spasm & disc problems
Massage can help immensely with all kinds of back pain not just the more common lower back ache. While Massage itself cannot directly affect discs and spasms people who have had problems in the past tend to hold the muscle tension in the area which limits movement and puts further tension and stress on the already overworked muscles which can then in turn
cause further disc problems. By relieving the key lower back muscles it can significantly reduce the time between spasms and improve mobility at the same time. No form of treatment can prevent disc problems with natural wear and tear and weaknesses from ever happening again.
Stiff necks & frozen shoulders
Stiff necks are becoming an increasingly common problem due to more people spending long periods of time driving, on a computer or watching tv. Massage in this area is where quick results and instant release are most common and easily treatable. Frozen shoulders which are down to muscular problems respond equally well to this kind of therapy.
Posture related aches & pains
Whether the pains are down to sitting behind a computer all day or a lot of driving we often don’t think about our posture when things get busy and stressful and this can lead to us altering the way our body works. If we do this long enough our muscles start to think that these incorrect positions are the norm and alter accordingly. Massage is very effective at helping loosen these areas and allowing the body to return to its natural state.
Stress relief & sleep problems
Not many things are more proven at helping with stress relief than a good thorough massage especially around the neck region as that is where most people hold their stress. In turn by treating the neck region and trapezius most people sleep a lot easier after having this done properly and thoroughly.
Tension headaches & migraines
If these are down to stress and/or muscle tension then massage is an effective way to reduce these symptoms. Headaches though can prove to be one of the hardest things for many different professionals to resolve especially if they are not simply down to stress or muscle tension.
Recovery from surgery
Muscles atrophy at an incredible rate, you only need to see someones leg once the plaster has come off from a break to know this. Massage can help stimulate the muscles and get them working again or help with the tiredness they feel after using them for first time in a while.