A man grips at the back of his neck, an area of obvious extreme discomfort and pain.

Deep tissue massage is not your regular massage therapy technique just with additional pressure – it is a specialized technique that is ideal for relieving chronic pain and muscle tension. This technique will build up from a series of lighter pressured strokes to prepare the superficial muscles for deeper strokes that are used to break up scar tissue and wear down adhesions in the connective tissue, which is your deepest layer of muscle. This deep tissue technique works to realign the deeper layers of muscles by “stripping” them. While a deep pressure approach can be applied with any massage technique, that does not mean that it is a deep tissue massage.

Deep tissue massage is the introduction to therapeutic massage. It is in the manipulation of the connective tissue that you start to see changes in your muscular tissue, which is what leads to your recovery process and eventual healing.

Denver's leading deep tissue massage therapist, Sarah Monreal, will start by identifying problem areas in the body and working to understand the underlying causes of your pain or tension. Through this process, she will use her thumbs, knuckles, hands, and elbows to effectively execute various strokes that work together to break up the scar tissue and adhesions that are at the root of your pain.

Is Deep Tissue Massage Right For You?

Do you suffer from chronic aches and pains? Do you experience stiffness or tightness in your muscles? Deep tissue massage therapy could be the answer to relieving these symptoms. However, deep tissue massage is a slow process. Working with a massage therapist to develop a long-term treatment plan helps you build a relationship that allows you to receive the best possible care for your body. Your therapist gets to know your body and what it needs, while at the same time you learn what is comfortable for you and how you recover best.

The most important thing to remember when receiving a deep tissue massage is to communicate with your massage therapist. As they work through to the deepest layers of muscle, a patient may sometimes experience discomfort – be sure to let your massage therapist know so they can accommodate their techniques to your pain threshold, allowing you to get the most out of your massage without feeling excessive discomfort or pain.

What Can Deep Tissue Massage Treat?

Deep tissue massage is best for aches and pains that have their roots in the connective tissue. This includes conditions like:

  • Chronic pain

  • Limited mobility

  • Injury recovery

  • Repetitive strain

  • Muscle tension

  • Sports injuries

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sciatica

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This type of therapy focuses on a specific problem, healing your body one region at a time through deep manipulation of muscle groups. Following a deep tissue massage, you will want to be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush out the metabolic toxins that were released during your session. This will help your body recover and avoid soreness after treatment.

Schedule an appointment for your downtown Denver massage today and see how deep tissue can benefit you.