So…what is the difference between deep pressure and deep tissue massage? I get asked this a lot by clients and its never a straight forward answer. A normal massage uses strokes and techniques which help to increase the happy hormones: serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. Therefore, encouraging you to relax, reducing feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
Working together, I check in with you regarding the pressure, some clients prefer a medium or firmer pressure to a lighter pressure. This just means applying more pressure with my hands. Most people require deeper pressure in some areas and not in others, meaning that my communication with you is essential if you are to have the best massage tailored to your needs.
So what is deep tissue massage then?
Deep tissue massage uses similar techniques as a normal relaxing massage in order to warm up the muscles and encourage muscles to loosen. Deep tissue focuses on realigning the deeper layer of muscles and connective tissue once the muscles have relaxed. Using a variety of techniques, I focus on the specific area of tension and using thumbs, elbows, knuckles and forearms, I apply deeper pressure to that area. This movement is slower and deeper. This can be particularly beneficial for clients with chronic muscle tension, where there are adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue), in areas such as lower back, tight shoulders or a stiff neck.
Will deep tissue massage hurt?
There is generally some discomfort but some clients describe this as a ‘good pain’. I work with you to find the edge of the discomfort and work within your comfort zone. At times though, this pressure can bring immediate relief.
Conditions deep tissue can help with…