Deep Tissue Massage
"My headaches have eased off and I'm sleeping much better at night." (Sue)
"I felt all this weight just dropping off me. My back pain has gone and I've never felt so light." (Steve)
Why Deep Tissue Massage?
Maybe you have experienced Swedish massage in a spa, or are familiar with many bodywork modalities or maybe have never had massage before, in any case, a massage treatment with me is a good place to start. I work with each individual, meeting them where they are at, and responding sensitively to their needs. For some, treatment will be about pampering and pleasure, for others, it will be about working more deeply to unwind and release stuck patterns.
Assisted stretches, rocking, palpation and other release techniques are employed as appropriate. Touch may be light and gentle, or firm and sustained. The body is never forced but rather guides me into how deep to sink. I trust the body's innate wisdom and believe that through releasing unwanted tension, and allowing space, we are better able to listen to the body and reorient ourselves towards health. No two treatments are ever the same.
Deep Tissue Massage has an understanding of layers in the body and focuses on deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, working more slowly and deeply, along or across muscle fibres, to strip through and breakdown adhesions (bands of rigid or painful tissue). Adhesions can impede circulation and lead to pain and inflammation, thus by softening these, lymphatic and cardiovascular flow is better balanced, easing pain and restriction. The aim is to release tension, often in contracted areas, and to support alignment and postural balance. Deep Tissue is not 'hard' massage, but more focused, concentrated and thorough. It works 'with' tissue, not 'on' it. Muscles do not yield and soften in response to aggressive pressure, they need to be gently coaxed and eased.
Deep Tissue Massage can reduce stress, and improve mobility and flexibility. It is helpful in cases of muscular tension, lower back pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, stiff neck and shoulders, and postural problems.