Deep Tissue Massage
The aim of deep tissue massage is to tackle particular physical, muscular problems. It is not a relaxing massage but a therapeutic one. You may not feel better immediately but in the long-run you will feel great benefits.
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It 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.
Deep tissue massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and "knots" deep in the muscles.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
Whether caused by an injury, or simply chronic muscle tension, the root cause of muscle pain is often bands of rigid tendons, ligaments, and muscle tissue called an adhesion, which can stop blood from circulating, limit flexibility, and cause uncomfortable inflammation.
With massage oils and firm pressure, a massage therapist will use their fingers, hands, elbows, and forearms to break down adhesions and restore normal movement, as well as relieve aches and pains. The more relaxed the muscles are during therapy, the deeper the penetration will be, increasing the effectiveness of the therapy.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well-being and relaxation in the recipient.
The essential oils are extracted from the parts of herbs and plants and contain all the properties of the plants themselves. There are several ways of applying the oils, including adding the oils to your bath, or inhaling them, but the most popular and effective is through massage.
How the Oils are chosen and blended
In choosing the oils for an aromatherapy massage, the aromatherapist generally creates a synergistic blend of three oils which are then added to a carrier oil.
A synergistic blend means that when a particular set of oils are combined together, they enhance each other’s properties, and make a pleasing scent. According to the International Federation of Aromatherapists: "A blend of Lavender and Ylang Ylang can be more effective in normalising blood pressure than either of the oils used on their own."
How the Massage is Performed
Once the oils are blended together the massage can begin. It can be a full body massage, taking in the back, chest, arms, legs, head and stomach, or a simple back massage or even a facial beauty massage.
An aromatherapy massage should be gentle, but firm. It usually begins with the back, buttocks and legs before you turn over and the therapist massages the front.
Thai massage is one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine, the others being herbal medicine and spiritual meditation.
Traditional Thai massage has been practiced for at least 1000 years.
Thai massage takes its roots from Tui Na Chinese massage and manipulation, Ayurvedic Indian massage and Shiatsu Japanese massage, which dates back over 4000 years.
Indian yoga has a very obvious influence in Thai massage and this is apparent in the extremely disciplined manner in which the energy channels known as Sen are treated.
Sen is the name given to the flow of the body's vital life energy.
This energy powers all the physical, mental and emotional processes which will only function normally when energy supply matches demand.
The careful application of pressure along these channels help to release any energy blockages and stagnation. The pressing and stretching of muscles makes them more receptive to this flow.
In the Western World, stiffness and loss of flexibility are regarded as the inevitable result of the ageing process.
How you feel physically, mentally and emotionally is far more important than your physical age.
This is where Thai massage is unique in its ability to preserve youthfulness.
Deep Tissue Massage has benefits for the following conditions:
- Back Pain
- Chronic Muscle Pain
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Limited Mobility
- Lower Back Pain
- Micro-tears in Muscle
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscle Tension
- Osteoarthritis Pain
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Post Workout for Bodybuilders
- Posture Related Issues
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. Whiplash, Falls, Sports Injury)
- Reduced Mobility
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sports Injuries
- Tennis Elbow