Deep tissue massage is one of the most effective massages for relieving built up tension in the muscles. If you sit for long periods on a daily basis, you may begin to experience loss of flexibility in your upper back, neck and shoulders. Deep tissue massage helps relieve tight muscles and improve movement in the joints of the spine and shoulders by accessing deeper layers of tension in the soft tissues.

During a deep tissue massage, you may feel some discomfort when tight muscle fibres are being massaged. You may experience this as "good pain" as you begin to feel a release of tension in the muscles. The aim of deep tissue massage is not to cause pain but to release tension, so it is important for me to receive feedback from my clients. Every client is different and while one may enjoy a very deep massage, another may prefer a medium or lighter massage. Deep tissue massage is not the only way to release tension, so if you can't cope with the discomfort, there are other remedial techniques that can be used. I have completed a diploma course in Advanced Bodywork, which includes techniques such as myofascial tissue release and facilitated stretching, both of which are pain-free for you, but can help ease tightness in the soft tissue.

What to expect afterwards: You may experience some tenderness after deep tissue massage in areas where there was a lot of tension. This may last a day or two. You should feel an improvement after this. The more regularly you have a massage, the less painful it should be afterwards because you are preventing the build up of tension in the first place.

One of my very active clients who regularly did martial arts, as well as other sports, had not had a massage for some time. He found his first appointment to be painful, but he noticed a change to his flexibility straight away and continued with regular appointments. After a few appointments, he was able to fall asleep during the massage, even though he was having a deep massage.

How often to have a deep tissue massage: On average, a monthly massage should help keep your body healthy and flexible and reduce the amount of tension in your muscles. Appointments can be booked as 45, 60 or 90 minutes.

Back, neck and shoulder massage: If you have tension and discomfort in your back, neck and shoulders, you can either book a deep tissue massage or a separate back massage. We will always discuss what you need at your appointment, no matter whether this is your first appointment or if you are a regular client. Back massage uses a lot of deep tissue techniques to release tension and allow the shoulders to drop back down to where they should be, rather than up at ear level.

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