Could You Benefit From a Deep Tissue Massage?

massage around spineDeep tissue massage is a technique designed for those who appreciate a firmer touch to address deep-seated tension and muscular stress. This form of therapy targets the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues, which can lead to a feeling of prolonged soreness for a few days post-massage—a sign that your body is adjusting and healing.

“With deep tissue, it’s not a measure of pressure; it’s not a measure of my strength. It’s actually precision, what angles I’m able to get and how well I know your body,” said Mikki, LMT at Rassel-Daigneault Holistic Health Center.

Is Deep Tissue Right for You?

Not everyone is suited for deep tissue massage. It’s ideal for individuals without certain medical conditions like fibromyalgia, those not on blood thinners, and those who can handle the intensity. If you have a physically demanding job or are someone who thrives on achieving goals ASAP and can communicate openly about how much pressure works for you, this might just be what your body needs!

What Does It Feel Like?

If you’ve never had a deep tissue massage before, Mikki sometimes starts with relaxation glides and works at certain angles and then gets to the point where she can do deep tissue knowing that the client will experience a long-term effect.

This type of bodywork delivers a vigorous, deep-layered massage that helps alleviate long-standing tension by breaking down knots and enhancing blood circulation to aid in recovery. The technique targets the deeper muscle layers and connective tissues, using firm pressure and slow strokes to address specific zones of discomfort and tension, which makes it different from conventional massage methods.

It’s Not the Size of the Therapist But the Technique

Mikki shared a story that perfectly captures the unexpected nature of deep tissue massage. One day, she treated a couple with vastly different expectations. The wife, a first-timer, was apprehensive and preferred a gentler touch.

Meanwhile, her robust husband, who came in later that day for a massage, underestimated Mikki’s ability due to her petite frame. However, he was impressed after a session where she used her full body weight to provide the pressure needed. This experience underscores a vital aspect of deep tissue massage—it’s not about the size of the therapist but the technique and skill they quite literally bring to the table.

The Importance of Communication

Mikki always stresses the importance of open communication during each session and will tailor sessions to individual needs and preferences, ensuring that the massage is both effective and comfortable. “It’s okay for people not to be afraid to ask for deep tissue. But I also want to make sure people are comfortable setting their boundaries because communication is a two-way street,” she said.

Mikki will always adjust her techniques based on client feedback, which enhances the therapeutic experience and helps build critical trust and rapport.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic tension or pain, recovering from an injury or hoping to improve mobility, contact us today to book a session with Mikki.

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