Deep tissue uses slow strokes, deep pressure, and trigger point techniques, to work deeply into muscle fibers. Generally, with a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist is working to release tight, dense muscles that may be littered with trigger points. A good way to describe what a trigger point is, is that it is a knot in your muscle fiber (could be any muscle) that has the ability to refer pain to other areas of your body, generally along nerve pathways. When you overuse a muscle, it becomes continually contracted and doesn’t know how to stop contracting, therefore producing a trigger point in the muscle fiber. Your massage therapist will communicate with your muscle fibers through massage, to help release trigger points so the muscle can stop over firing and release the tension around the knot. When the trigger point is released, you will feel your pain lessen, have increased range of motion, and have more energy.
1. What type of results can I expect with a Deep Tissue massage?
Each person responds differently to massage, but after your deep tissue massage you may very well experience more range of motion, less pain and less tension in areas where you were experiencing it previously. For some people, it may take a couple of sessions to completely rid of the pain they are experiencing, for some it dissipates after one session.
2. Will I be instructed on a treatment plan?
Yes, after your first appointment, your massage therapist will know what type of treatment plan would work well for you and recommend that for you. Your massage therapist may recommend you to come back in a week, two weeks or a month. It all depends on how you respond to the treatment.
3. Can you show me stretches and exercises to compliment my massage?
The therapists at Tree of Life are all highly qualified and will recommend self-care tips for you to do at home to compliment your deep tissue massage. They may recommend stretching, icing, or exercise to continue the healing process. If you have any questions, or would like a stretch to be recommended to you, never hesitate to ask your massage therapist what they think would benefit you.
After sustaining a severe muscle injury to my neck and arm, my surgeon prescribed me with deep tissue massage at Tree of Life. These treatments have helped my situation immensely. When I have had flare-ups the staff at Tree of Life has accommodated me and prevented me from making additional trips to the ER. Thank you Tree of Life! – Jo
Deep tissue massage has made such a difference to my ability to ski & race. My muscles are so much more efficient. The Best Massages I’ve had in 20 years at Tree of Life. – Kat