Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. The deep tissue massage is unlike any other massage techniques. Most massage therapy techniques are quite gentle and are aimed at relaxing muscles, easing muscle pain and improving circulation with light hand movements. However, a deep tissue massage is a very intense technique. Instead of gentle strokes, it uses vigorous hand movements. Moreover, the therapist may not just be using her hands for the massage. To get maximum muscle activation, she would generally use the fingers or the palms. However, to activate deep muscles, she might even have to use her elbows.In fact they are quite slow, but the intensity of the pressure that is applied is quite high. Unlike other massage therapies, deep tissue massage can be intense and painful. However, many people who realize the benefits of this type of massage therapy prefer it over others. Initially the deep tissue massage may be painful; but, its immense benefits are well worth the initial discomfort.