DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is a generic term to describe any form of massage that penetrates beyond the layers of the skin and into the muscles. As such many different types of massage therapy can be considered as a deep tissue treatment and will vary greatly from therapist to therapist and from country to country.
Deep tissue massage is unfortunately and frequently mis-sold to the unsuspecting public by therapists that simply aren’t trained provide this kind of treatment. As a result, problematic issues such as a sore back or shoulder pain can quickly become much worse. It’s also worth mentioning that just because someone is trained in a form of deep tissue massage it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can effectively treat an injury or an area of muscular dysfunction. This may not be true of all deep tissue therapists out there but it certainly does cover the vast majority. If you’re looking for a firm treatment to help you relax and unwind, then a deep tissue treatment may be just what you’re looking for. If, however, you’re looking to treat some form of muscular pain, then you’re best looking for a deep tissue sports massage therapist as they are specifically trained to treat these types of problems.
Our deep tissue massages are only carried out by qualified sports massage therapists, and as such they are suitable for treating most forms of muscular pain and physical dysfunction, but are also great if you just want to unwind a little.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you use any other forms of massage therapy besides sports massage? Yes. We also use Chinese Tui Na, Dry Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Cupping Therapy, and on occasion a little bit of Gua Sha. If there’s a technique that works for a particular purpose we’ll use for that purpose.
What conditions can your deep tissue massage treat? If something hurts or just isn’t working properly, then we can probably treat it. If we can’t, we’ll tell you what you need to know and/or refer you accordingly.
I’ve had a deep tissue massage from a Swedish Massage Therapist in the past, how is what you do any different? Swedish massage can be great for relaxing as it focuses on the largest sensory organ in the human body – the skin. Sports massage and Swedish massage may share some similar techniques, but that’s where the similarities end as they’re just not trained to perform deep tissue massage just the same as a sports massage therapist isn’t trained to perform Swedish massage. A sports massage therapist will also have a much higher standard of anatomical knowledge too.
Do you do full body massage? No. A full body deep tissue treatment would take a couple hours to do properly and is exhausting for the therapist. In our experience, shorter targeted treatments are more effective. If you’re looking for a full body treatment you’re better of seeking a style of massage that specialises in that kind of treatment.
What other forms of deep tissue massage are there? Many traditional ethnic forms of massage can be considered as deep tissue, although many do utilise a deep stretching component. The most common ones would be things like Thai massage, Turkish massage, Shiatsu and Chinese Tu Na.
I’m confused as to what sort of massage I require, how do I know what to choose? Give us a call, we’re happy to give advice if you’re still not sure.