Deep Tissue Massage is a style of massage that uses strong pressure; slow, deep strokes; and friction across the muscle grain to release chronic muscle tension. Deep tissue massage therapy is therapeutic, as well as corrective, and is ideal for people who suffer from consistent muscle pain – especially in the muscles around the neck, lower back and shoulders. This can be caused by work related postural problems, leisure activities such as gardening, sports and exercise related injuries, and can also be the end-result of long-term emotional stress and tension. Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage CalgaryTherapy:
- Release of tension and stiffness from muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and fascia
- Pain relief & management
- Increased flexibility and suppleness
- Breaking down of old scar tissue and adhesions
- Improved mobility, posture and physical performance
- Speeds up recovery time from injury and surgery
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