A Deep Tissue Massage Session from a LaVida Massage Wellness Center targets the deep layers of connective tissue and muscles throughout the body. Using slow strokes to apply pressure, the massage focuses on areas of defined pain and tension. Injuries or chronic muscle tension can cause adhesion's, more commonly referred to as knots, to form in the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. These adhesion's are rigid, often painful and they can block proper blood circulation, impede natural movement and cause inflammation. When the muscles are deeply massaged, blood flow throughout the body is increased. The better blood flow reduces inflammation and therefore relieves pain. Deep tissue massage breaks down the adhesion's to restore natural movement and reduce pain, and repeated massage sessions can break up and even eliminate the presence of scar tissue.
Tension & Stress Reduction
Deep Tissue Massage can also reduce tension and stress, leading to lower blood pressure. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, guests may experience a drop-in blood pressure of up to 5.3 mm Hg following a deep massage session.
The pressure associated with deep massage improves lymphatic circulation and encourages drainage, which leads to an improved range of motion and more flexibility. Due to these benefits, this type of massage is often recommended for people who have recently undergone surgery. Always consult your doctor before receiving massage therapy. For some, there may be a period of healing that is necessary before receiving a massage is considered safe or appropriate.
Injured muscles can also benefit from deep tissue massages. During the session, the muscles are manipulated and relaxed by the stretching of twisted or tight muscle mass. For this reason, deep tissue massages are especially beneficial for athletes who suffer from various sports-related injuries.
Deep Tissue Technique
During the massage session, the Massage Therapist uses his or her hands, elbows, fingertips, knuckles or forearms to stimulate the muscles and reduce adhesion's. The slower pace of this type of massage means that every muscle receives the optimal level of care. Guests may be asked to breathe deeply throughout the session, especially when tense areas are being targeted. Deep breathing supplies the muscles with plenty of oxygen and can ease discomfort.
A professional, LaVida Massage therapist can create a comprehensive and unique therapy plan based on individual needs - which is why the initial consultation is so important to the process. No two sessions are ever quite alike because they are customized to address the specific problems of each guest.