Deep Tissue brings you in contact with the deeper layers
of musculature that are not addressed in Swedish Massage.
This modality deals with specific muscle groups and
begins to work with chronic pain. The techniques work
deeper in the body and are more invasive; therefore
additional knowledge is required by the therapist. It
becomes important to know where the muscle originates
and attaches, as well as what nerves pass through these
muscles. It becomes important to know about certain
anatomical parts that would be in danger if too much
pressure were placed there. Areas like the popliteal
area, the soft area behind the knee, the region of the
kidneys and the styloid process to name just a few.
Deep Tissue paves the way into neuromuscular work, which
is searching for the active trigger points. Trigger
points are basically sites of dysfunction at cellular
level. It is a site of damage in the tissue, which the
body has tried to protect by forming a spasm in order
to protect the area from further injury. Often, even
when the injury has healed, one may continue to have
pain because the body has not released the protective
spasm. Neuromuscular work addresses these issues by
searching out trigger points which are generally found
in tight and painful tissue which often emit referral
pain to some other part of the body.
Trigger points can occur anywhere in the body. They
can cause tremendous pain and can at times even be debilitating,
and yet your medical doctor with all of his tests many
not be able to locate the source and so he may prescribe
an anti-inflammatory or pain pills, which may or may
not eliminate the problem.
If you have a condition where pain is running from your
neck down to your shoulders and or hands or from your
back down to your leg, such as in sciatica. These are examples that can
often be addressed and resolved through Deep Tissue
and Neuromuscular work without medications.
the deeper forms of bodywork you will run into a few contra-indications
which is pretty self-explanatory
- 1st trimester pregnancy, not so self-explanatory.
In the 1st trimester the fetus is at its highest susceptibility
to miscarriage. Massage and bodywork release toxins,
which are carried out through the blood, which passes
through the womb. If too many toxins are released from
an already toxic system, it could cause a miscarriage.
Painkillers can dull the recipient's ability to communicate
the effect of the pressure delivered. If you can't feel
what is being done to you, secondary damage could be
done in your tissues.
- Varicose veins are another contra-indication, to
work with depth here runs the risk of releasing a
clot to the heart or brain.
be wise and remember to inform your therapist of your
conditions and medications.