Deep Tissue Massage: Skilled Relief of Deep-Seated Pain
At Lime Green Lotus I am renowned for my effective deep tissue techniques because of my natural strength and my ability to apply them in a way that is accepted by each individual body. Deep tissue is a therapeutic and relaxing massage that realigns deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. This massage is the perfect choice for clients with ailments such as chronic back pain, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive strain injuries, sciatica and muscle tension or spasms.
A common misnomer is that deep tissue is synonymous with deep pressure, and that it has to hurt to be effective. However, a skilled LMT can customize the pressure to the client’s needs and tolerance, working slowly to warm the superficial layers before accessing the deeper layers of muscles and fascia, breaking down adhesions and “knots”, the painful rigid tissue caused by tension.
Deep tissue massage boasts a variety of benefits:
- Improved concentration.
- Pain reduction.
- Stress and anxiety reduction.
- Better sleep.
- More energy.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced adhesions, scar tissue and swelling after surgery.
- Improved flexibility and range of motion.
Particularly tense areas may experience some discomfort during the massage, and your body may feel like it does post-workout for a day or two afterwards. However, this tends to abate with more frequent massages, and ultimately clients experience extensive and often lasting relief of their symptoms. Ideally, as with any bodywork, this massage should be performed regularly for maintenance and to prevent your body from becoming accustomed to holding itself in a tense state. Combine this with Thai massage assisted stretching to relieve your tension, and increase your range of motion and flexibility.
Sarah Downing is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Lime Green Lotus. Get in touch to learn more.