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What is Deep Tissue Massage?

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(Also known as deep tissue therapy or orthopaedic massage)

Deep tissue therapy is a type of massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using slower strokes and deeper pressure the therapist will concentrate on areas of tension and pain, and on the areas believed to be contributing to the imbalance, particularly when postural distortion is present. This type of work is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back and hip tightness, and tight shoulders resulting in loss of range of motion and numbness and/or tingling in the hands.

Chronically tightened muscles usually have adhesions, bands of painful, rigid tissue, that can restrict circulation so that the muscles do not get all of the oxygen and nutrients that the circulation brings. This can cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to restore normal range of movement and relieve pain. At certain points during the massage there can be some discomfort and pain. It is very important that you communicate with the therapist so that they can monitor your comfort during the session.

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I'd been a marathoner and triathlete for years when I decided to start running Ultra Marathons in 2011. The increase in mileage started to result in over use injuries. I started seeing Sandy while training for my first 50K. She listened to my symptoms, current workouts, and goals. She takes the time to explain what she is doing and why. I never realized that tightness in one part of the body could cause an injury somewhere else. She also gives me stretches and strength exercise that I can do on my own to prevent overuse injuries. Without her help, I could not have run 4 marathons, 2 50ks and my first 50 mile race in 2011. I still see her regularly... and I'm still running ultra marathons... injury free.

Laura Hufschmidt
Ultra Marathoner

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