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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. In my practice I combine the deep sculpting of Chua K’a with the deeper levels of Lymph Drainage Therapy and the defining strokes of Swedish Massage along with MyoFascial Release in the connective tissues and Acupressure along the meridians/points of blocked chi to accomplish Deep Tissue Release

How does deep tissue massage work?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation as well as impede the flow of chi. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two. I practice Deep Tissue work on the border of pleasure/pain – “it hurts good,” and can result in a liberation of the area as well as emotional catharsis and Spiritual well-being.

Why get a Deep Tissue Massage?

It feels good and it is beneficial to your health. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.

What conditions is deep tissue massage used for?

Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

•	Chronic pain
•	Limited mobility
•	Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
•	Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
•	Postural problems
•	Osteo-arthritic pain
•	Fibromyalgia
•	Muscle tension or spasm

Precautions

Massage is not recommended for certain people:

•	infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
•	immediately after surgery
•	immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
•	people with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage
•	prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
•	pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
•	massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.