Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions (dense collections of scar tissue that form when muscles and connective tissues are injured) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied. Common techniques include
- Stripping: Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the palm, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
- Frictions: Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign muscle tissue fibers.