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Understanding Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a slow, intense and detailed massage on the area that is giving the most problems - back and neck, shoulders and arms, low back and hip, or hip and legs. The purpose is to release chronic contracture of muscles and fascia and reduce pain, as well as to produce changes in movement and posture. This is not the same as a firm therapeutic massage; it requires more input and participation from the client, and may require repeated sessions for long-standing conditions.


The purpose of deep tissue massage is to create mechanical change in the body, changing posture and creating freedom of movement by releasing fascial adhesions and chronic muscle contracture. Adhesions, essentially scar tissue, form in muscles because of injury, chronic poor posture, chronic or acute inflammation and repetitive motions.

For the most success, the client must be willing to stretch regularly between sessions, in order to retrain muscles and prevent recurrence of muscle contracture.

Deep tissue massage is not recommended for anyone who has a fever, a contagious condition, recent injury or surgery, history of blood clot or phlebitis, or anyone who is taking blood-thinning medication.

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