Deep Tissue gets a bad reputation. Many seem to think of it as a painful rolfing session.
Rolfing is an intense treatment that goes deep to "restructure" muscles and fascia.
A description from a 2010 NY Times article on Rolfing explains why its known to be painful.
"Rolfers gouge with knuckles and knead with fists, contort limbs and lean into elbows to loosen tendons and ligaments".
But this is not the same as a deep tissue massage. Deep tissue is not about digging into the muscles and fascia. It's about going slow and steady to get into deeper muscle work.
Deep Tissue works to open up knots. Not with force but with focus. Slow and steady for the win.
A 60 minute deep tissue massage is a great treatment for sore muscles. And it's especially good as a fathers day gift.
Ask for your hour session to be targeted at your most problematic area.
After my neck surgery I prefer to focus on the upper back to prevent scar tissue and stiffening muscles.
In next week's post we'll be sharing more about deep tissue from a massage therapist perspective. We're excited to debunk the myths.
What questions do you have about deep tissue? Share them in the comments so we can include them.
Here's the link to the old NY Times article: