Also known as Deep Tissue Massage, a type of massage therapy using firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). Not just for sports people, it is used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesion's (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation. Regular deep tissue massage can really help to improve muscular mobility and correct imbalances which many of us suffer from as a result of poor posture.
Deep tissue massage can be used to focus on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Lower back pain
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
Repetitive strain injury, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps (runners, athletes)
Upper back or neck pain
Benefits of Sports Massage
Minimise muscle tension
Increase range of movement
Decreased muscle soreness and stiffness after exercise
Reduce stress levels
Aids sleep quality and quantity
It releases endorphins which are known to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression
For general maintenance and well being, monthly massage will help to reduce the build up of tightness in your muscles. If you are suffering from a particular complaint it may be advisable to have a couple of massages in quick succession to help combat the problem followed by regular maintenance massage.