In the realm of massages and massage therapy, there are a variety of different techniques and methods that can provide the relaxation and muscular relief you might be looking for. Some are more intensive than others, and one of these intensive techniques you might have heard of is a deep tissue massage. While it sounds fairly self-explanatory, the more you can understand about a deep-tissue massage, how it works, and the benefits, the better you will be able to find the therapeutic relaxation you were looking for.

But a massage is only as good as the masseuse. Luckily, Kim Ethier Massage and Sports Therapy have an incredible team of highly-experienced massage and physical therapy specialists that can provide a top-quality deep tissue massage, as well as a variety of other massage therapy services. Kim Ethier has been a proud provider of professional physical therapy and sports therapy services in Ottawa, Portland, and the surrounding areas. Keep reading to learn more about our deep tissue massage services, and how Kim Ethier Massage and Sports Therapy can start helping you.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that involves manipulating deep layers of muscle and soft tissue. While you might be imagining laying on a table, trying not to scream while it feels like someone is trying to rearrange your back muscles with a wrench, a deep tissue massage is not necessarily a “no pain, no gain” kind of technique. But an important aspect of the deep tissue technique is penetrating the deeper layers of muscles and tissue, which can involve a careful and purposeful amount of pain. Muscles have a natural reflex to resist pain and contract when they think that pain is about to start being felt, so any deep tissue massage will involve the massage therapist fighting against the subconscious resistance that your muscles will put up against the more painful massage penetrating techniques.

In fact, a massage therapist might not even be able to penetrate to the deeper layers of muscle and tissue in the first session — in this case, they might need to modify their approach so they can still make progress into the deeper tissue without causing too much discomfort, and therefore tension buildup. But that level of muscular penetration is incredibly beneficial, hence why a deep tissue massage can be so beneficial. 

How a Deep Tissue Massage Works

The deep tissue process involves the use of warm oils and direct pressure in the specific muscular area, which relaxes the top layer of muscle, allowing the massage therapist to provide the relaxation therapy technique on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. When the surface level muscles (and eventually the deeper muscles) are allowed to relax, the lactic acid is released from the muscle, and massage stimulation allows the muscle to start receiving a reliable amount of blood and oxygen. 

There are more than a few different massage modalities that would fall under the category of a deep tissue technique. Neuromuscular therapy focuses on areas of muscle spasm, applying extremely localized pressure on specific muscle points, attempting to create a balance within your muscles and the central nervous system that controls them. This type of deep tissue massage is especially effective on lower back pain, as it attempts to relieve contraction and the soreness on your spine and the tendons and the muscles surrounding it. Another form of deep tissue massage is a myofascial release. This deep tissue technique involves stretching and massaging the fascia around the massage area. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and protects your muscles, ligaments, bones, and organs, and when it is tight or constricted, it can cause pain or joint immobility.

Sometimes, there might be a buildup of scar tissue around the affected area. Scar tissue is the dense, thickly-bound connective tissue that is formed as you heal from injury or surgery. So any deep tissue massage work on a scar tissue-affected area will require the breaking up of that scar tissue, which requires deep pressure and a bit of pain that comes along with it. Sometimes this might be an important therapeutic step to take, and sometimes the deeper tissue massage should be avoided for a patient that does not want to experience the pain.

Deep Tissue Massage Services at Kim Ethier

Luckily, the massage therapists specialists at Kim Ethier are dedicated to finding the right massage therapy technique for you and your body. Our team is dedicated to working with you to provide the best service possible. Whether that is understanding your body and its limitations or discussing whether or not a deep tissue massage is right for you, Kim Ethier Massage and Sports Therapy is here to help you. We provide quality physical therapy and sports therapy services to Ottawa, Portland, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today, and see what makes us one of Ontario’s most trusted physical therapy clinics. Contact us now!