For the athlete in you
People in the Far East, as well as ancient Greeks and Egyptians, were the first to discover the benefits of deep tissue massage. Today’s Swedish massage is closest in technique to that used by these ancient civilizations. In the mid-1800s, Canadian physicians first developed the technique. In 1949, the Canadian doctor Therese Phimmer developed guidelines for the technique, which she set forth in her book, “Muscles – Your Invisible Bonds.” From that time forward, deep tissue massage slowly started finding its place in sports medicine and physical therapy as a way to control chronic pain and treat soft tissue injuries.
What is it?
Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, working right down to the bone. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons or fascia.
Deep Tissue Massage is very beneficial for athletes.
The strokes can be the same as other forms of massage but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper. Deep Tissue will concentrate on the areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and tissue. Where there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works to physically break down these adhesions to relieve the pain and restore normal movement.
The Deep tissue therapist starts with massage oil in order to relax the client then will build up the pressure to achieve maximum benefit.
Deep tissue massage can focus on specific problems, such as muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- After a workout or bodybuilding
According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractice, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain – people often noticing an improved range of motion immediately after a Deep tissue massage.