Deep Tissue is a modality of massage that uses deeper, slower, strokes to access multiple layers of muscles. Although deep tissue massage can be relaxing, the intention of this massage is particularly therapeutic.
The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage applies more firm pressure which can access the root of pain and discomfort (knots or trigger points) by impacting deeper layers of muscle tissue. Accessing muscles tissue affected by trigger points and tension allows the body to
let go by placing a fair amount of pressure on the tense muscles. The mechanical response from the body is to relax the muscle.
Peer Reviewed Science
On May 4th 2017 an article entitled "New Thinking on How to Relieve Back Pain" was published in Consumer Reports Magazine. Journalist Tersa Carr states that the latest regulations from the American College of Physicians suggest that the homeopathic approaches to back pain, such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga would be the best methods to combat back pain naturally and in a noninvasive manor. The article goes on to suggest that drugs or surgery should be considered after an effort had been made to treat them naturally and the condition does not improve. Perhaps one day we can look to a future where Medicare and Medicaid can reimburse for these healing treatments.
For those who feel that the tension they are experiencing comes from underlying muscles and aches, consider what deep tissue massage can do for you. IF you are the type of person who likes firm pressure then that is fine also. You will still be able to reap the healing properties of massage and trigger point therapy. It will just take more time.
Here at Inner Sanctum Massage, we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage.