What is Deep Tissue?
Deep tissue is a form of massage that focuses on realigning the deep layers of muscle tissue and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It usually involves a specific focus on an area of injury or tension to free up adhesions, release muscular tension and break up scar tissue. Over the course of the session, Tamara will use a variety of techniques using her hands, knuckles, and elbows.
How It Works
Deep tissue is performed on a massage table, using a moderate amount of oils or cream. A session with Tamara always begins with a brief intake to set the goals for the massage. While skin-on-skin contact is the most effective, the client is welcome to dress to his or her comfort level. Over the course of the session, Tamara will use a variety of techniques using her hands, knuckles, and elbows.
Intensity of Pressure
One of the biggest misconceptions is that deep tissue is inherently painful due to overly-firm pressure. The word "deep" in the name simply refers to the deeper layers of muscle tissue that the massage addresses. While there may be some discomfort or pain when pressure is applied onto a particularly tight or sensitive area, the pain should always fall within the comfort level of the person receiving the massage.
Benefits of Deep Tissue
Deep Tissue has been used effectively for a multitude of chronic conditions, including:
- Low back pain
- Upper back and neck pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Sports concerns (runners, athletes)
- Sciatica from piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow