Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue is 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. It is similar to Swedish massage but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). With chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be adhesions (bands of thick, painful tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can interfere with circulation, and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. The muscles must be relaxed for the adhesions to release, thus going slower and using deeper pressure is needed to restore normal movement and comfort.