Deep Tissue / Sports Massage
Deep tissue or Sports Massage is a direct, targeted type of massage, which will be applied to a specific area of the body to facilitate the activity or recovery from an activity or to help treat an injury (tennis elbow or shin splints for example).
It includes the deeper, high strength techniques that work right into the muscles in order to break down any fibrous adhesions or scar tissue.
This type of massage is a powerful technique and rewarding for the client who can really feel that good work is happening within their bodies. They can feel deep seated tensions being removed both during the treatment and in the hours afterwards.
Deep Tissue techniques are used to tackle particular physical or muscular problems that are often chronic in nature. For this reason it is not the most relaxing form of massage, but is very beneficial and effective.
These techniques include:
Cross Fibre Friction
Working in a small, localized area, across the fibres with strong pressure to release muscle tension.
Neuromuscular technique / NMT
A technique using fairly deep and sustained pressure to work on tense points (trigger points) within muscles. It works with the body's ”reflex effect” to release hypertensive areas found within muscles.
A technique that helps release tension found within the body's fascia so reducing pain. The fascia is the connective tissue surrounding every muscle, bone, organ and nerve and is found throughout the body from head to toe.
Range of motion is an indicator of muscle tightness and shortening. Stretching can be helpful... to have the therapist stretch you and guide you in the proper way to do it yourself can be beneficial