DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
I am specialized in deep tissue massage that involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deeper layers of the muscles and fascia (the connective tissue). Mobilizing this tissue helps the body to find a more balanced posture and effortless mobility.
Deep tissue massage techniques are also used to break up scar tissue, muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
At the beginning of a deep tissue massage I work with lighter pressure, focusing on grounding your body to help the sympathic nervous system to calm down. Then I manipulate the tissue deeper by using fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms. Breathing deeply helps the relaxation and circulation when the sensations might be very intense.
After the massage, you may feel some muscle soreness, but it should subside within a day or two.
Drinking water after the massage may help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.
In Swedish (or "classical") massage I use long, slow strokes to relax your entire body by increasing circulation of blood and oxygen, while decreasing muscle toxins or tension. I recommend the Swedish massage if you are feeling hesitant towards the "good pain" associated with a strong massage and preferring a calming oxytocin boost.