Deep Tissue MassageDeep tissue massage is known for it's soothing deep long rhythmic strokes that stretch muscles & can take you to a place of bliss – there is also the aspect of finding energetic blocks in your body and releasing them. These energetic blocks are often manifest by tension deep within major muscles/muscle groups. Quite often deep tissue massage releases that tension is just that: tension from over-use or bad posture or related to work. On a physical level that tension requires deep stroking and kneading to release these blocks. On an emotional/spiritual level Deep Tissue may be able to assist you in finding out just what else hides in that tension. How do I deal with stress (physically and emotionally) and trauma and where do I “put” it?
What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage involves manipulation of the deep layers of tissue in the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints. Compared to other popular massage techniques — including swedish massage or acupressure, which tend to be lighter in pressure and can involve moving the body into certain positions — deep tissue massage is usually slower and firmer.
A person receiving a deep tissue massage usually lays on the stomach or back in one position, while deep pressure is applied to targeted areas of the body by a trained massage therapist. The massage is beneficial mostly because it helps stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension, while at the same time lowering psychological stress and releasing “happy hormones” like seratonin and oxytocin.
Deep tissue massages normally focus on major muscle groups — such as the neck or lower back — along with joints and tendons that are susceptible to straining or injuries. Certain areas of the body that tend to tense up in times of stress, including the shoulders, neck and hips, can often benefit the most from this type of deep manipulation. Many people consider “sports massages” to be a form of deep tissue massage, which involves physical treatment primarily to neuromusculoskeletal systems to treat pain and disability, improve muscle recovery and joint mobilization, and prevent injuries.
Manipulative approaches to naturally treating pain and other health problems have been utilized for over 3,000 years, dating back to Ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. Pressure massages were used to improve (life force or energy), detox the body and promote better liver function — which today can be explained through the process of activating the lymphatic system.
Experts believe that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use very firm, deep pressure to treat chronic pain. In the West, deep tissue massage started to gain attention during the mid-19th century, starting in Canada and making its way throughout the U.S.