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What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage is often just the ticket and exactly what is needed to relieve the tension. However, customers are often confused between a firm massage and a deep tissue treatment.

In fact, will tell you that deep tissue massage is quite distinct to other types of massage and is widely available in Stony Plain, Canada.

Should you choose this type of massage, here is what you can expect.


The objective of a deep tissue massage is to help the fascia. This is the tissue which helps to support the bones, muscles, organs and nerves. It is there to help remove injuries and scar tissues. Its role is to help ameliorate the entire area and make sure it works as well as possible.

Deep tissue massage uses deep and firm movements and is used to benefit conditions such as a painful neck, shoulders, uncomfortable calves and chronic lower back ache.

Although it feels similar to the techniques employed by regular Swedish massage, it is not the same at all.

The scar tissue will break up and it will help actually unravel all those muscular knots of hard and painful tissue.

Those knots are not just uncomfortable, but they can also affect the circulation of blood to the stricken area and cause mobility problems.

At the start of the session, the therapist will probably ease in gently, by using some lighter movements, before commencing the deep tissue massage in full.

When the deeper tissue massage begins, the therapist will commonly use two techniques called friction and stripping.

Stripping utilizes a gliding pressure across the muscle by employing the knuckles, elbows, thumbs and even maybe a forearm. This is a deep pressure treatment.

Friction is where pressure is put onto the muscle grain to help smooth out tensions and knots, and make the tissue fibers realign.

Your therapist may also tell you to control your breathing and ask you to breathe more deeply during the treatment. This will be to help with areas which are possibly likely to be more uncomfortable.

When the massage session is completed, your therapist may suggest that you drink some water. This will help flush the toxins out of your body.


Deep tissue massage is renowned for helping conditions such as whiplash, lower back pain, mobility problems and RSI.

Osteoarthritis, sciatica and hamstring injuries may also be improved by a deep tissue massage.

It is also used by athletes and players of sports everywhere. But it is for osteoarthritis that it scores the most highly.

In a recent report it was scored more highly as an effective treatment for pain than were drugs, acupuncture, exercise and chiropractic treatment.

Sufferers of fibromyalgia also rated the treatment highly, with patients stating they had increased mobility after a session.


A deep tissue massage should not really hurt. But it is possible there may be moments when you feel a degree of discomfort, as the therapist gets to grips with your scar tissue.

If this is actually hurting you, tell your therapist. They will stop if it is bothering you.

Never think that you have to accept pain as part of your treatment, because you do not.


There are some people for whom a deep tissue massage is not advised.

These are anyone suffering with DVT or who has blood clots.

This is because the clot may be moved by the massage. We would not advise this treatment for them.

We also would not treat a pregnant woman with a deep tissue massage.

Anyone who has had recent surgery or is undergoing chemotherapy should check with their doctor before undertaking a deep tissue massage.

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