Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target areas of tension and discomfort in the body. The massage therapist may use their hands, fingers, knuckles, elbows, or forearms to apply the pressure to both broad and specific areas of muscle.
The primary goal of deep tissue massage is to alleviate chronic patterns of tension and muscle adhesions, also known as knots. These knots can cause referred pain, limited mobility, and stiffness. By applying deep pressure and friction, the massage therapist aims to break up these adhesions and promote relaxation, improved blood circulation, and pain relief.
Deep tissue massage can be beneficial to individuals who experience chronic joint or muscle pain, have musculoskeletal imbalances, suffer from repetitive strain injuries, or have limited mobility due to conditions like arthritis. For people that train/work out or run frequently, it is recommended to include a deep tissue massage into their routine. This type of massage is indicated in helping to, reduce the build-up of lactic acid, aid in the recovery process and prevent further injury.
It's important to note that deep tissue massage can at times be intense and may cause some discomfort or soreness during or after the session. Prior to any massage treatment, a consultation should take place between you and the massage therapist. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist about your comfort levels, pain tolerance, and any specific areas of concern to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
If you're considering deep tissue massage, it's advisable to consult with a licensed and experienced massage therapist who can assess your needs and provide appropriate recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
Avoca Wellness at Whelehans Pharmacy
Declan Kelly is a qualified massage therapist with Avoca Wellness and is currently studying a Diploma in Neuro Muscular Therapy at the National Training Centre. Avoca Wellness is operated by Declen and Sarah (both qualified healthcare professionals) and situated in the tranquility of their 2nd floor therapy room at Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse Street, Mullingar. They specialise in massage including Indian head massage and reflexology. Book an appointment on the Whelehans Website or Tel 0852640670 or check www.avocawellness.com
Thanks to Declan Kelly from Avoca Wellness for information for this article.
Disclaimer: Deep tissue massage is not an alternative to medical assessment and treatment for any condition with a healthcare professional.
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