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How Deep Tissue Massage Works

Elements Massage Highpointe Feb 24, 2014

Although its title sounds scary or intimidating, deep tissue massage is anything but. Deep tissue massage focuses specifically on the body’s deep layers of muscles and connective tissues.  Many of the common modes of massage are evoked in this form such as kneading, rubbing, and applying pressure to key points in the body, the difference being that for deep tissue massage, oftentimes the movements are slower, more deliberate, and the pressure is applied to deep concentrated areas where there is stored tension or pain.

The specific mechanics of deep tissue include physically breaking down knots and adhesions that build up on your body due to reoccurring activities or chronic injuries and muscle compensation, to enable your body to move naturally and normally.  To do this, the massage therapist applies pressure and motion counter to the normal grain of your muscles. Deep tissue massage can provide aid to a host of ailments, from chronic pain to limited mobility issues, postural problems to muscle spasms or tension. There are even studies that cite deep tissue massage can provide relief for osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Some additional benefit include:

  • Release of muscle tension
  • Increased range of motion
  • Better posture
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Improved emotional wellbeing

Don’t’ be scared away by the name and give deep tissue massage a try. At Elements Therapeutic Massage Highpointe, we encourage you to openly discuss how you are feeling during your treatment, especially while experiencing a new type of massage. We want you to have a positive experience and appreciate any feedback on how you are doing during the course of any of our massages. 

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