Duration: 1 Hour
Deep Tissue Massage It’s used for chronic aches and pain, as well as a stiff neck or upper back, lower back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders.
While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage is unique in the sense that it is used to dissipate scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions – bands of painful, rigid tissue – that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, a limited range of motion and inflammation.
At the beginning of the massage, lighter pressure is applied to warm up the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied, which include:
Stripping: deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibres using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs
Friction: pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibres
Our therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the therapist works on tense areas.
After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so. Be sure to contact the spa if you have concerns or if you feel pain after having a massage.
Drinking water after the massage may help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues. Some light bruising is also a possible side effect of deep tissue massage.