Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage, counter to popular opinion, does not merely refer to a massage with increased pressure on the muscle tissues. In actuality, the most distinguishing feature of this technique is that the therapist follows the entire length of the muscle from one connective point to another. What makes this technique 'deep' is that the massage is affecting the sub-layer of musculature and fascia (the layer of fibrous tissue). This technique requires advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage; otherwise, tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is very important to drink a lot of water after every massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues and help the patient avoid soreness. This is especially important following a deep tissue massage where the release of lactic acid is greater.