Deep Tissue Massage in Dallas, Texas


Deep Tissue Massage is a very broad category of massage therapy, and the definition of it sometimes varies even among massage therapists themselves.

Personally, I define it as any technique that uses slow strokes and direct deep pressure, in order to release chronic muscle tension in the deeper layers of muscle tissue.  The pressure can be applied with fingers, thumbs, hands, forearms, elbows, or even feet (as in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy).

Deep tissue massage can help those suffering from pain interfering with work, sports, social activities, or household chores.  The goal is to release and lengthen the restricted muscles that are at the root cause of the pain.  The depth and quality of muscle release varies for each client and with each session.

Deep tissue massage is also beneficial to your health in other ways.  When muscles are stressed and tight, they block the flow of oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue.

A deep tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins, and restores proper blood and oxygen circulation.  It's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help flush the toxins out of the body that have been released.

Contrary to a widely held myth, deep tissue massage doesn't have to hurt to be effective.  It is important to understand that, although strokes are deep, they are done mindfully with caution. 

I can apply alot of pressure when needed, but I no longer believe in the "no pain, no gain" school of massage. My goal is for all of my work to fall safely in my clients' "comfort zone." 

Also, I don't believe that a massage session should ever consist of 100% deep tissue work.  It would be overwhelming to the client and would ultimately impede their ability to relax.  I always include at lease a little Swedish in every massage I give. 

That said, the massage often focuses on specific areas, so there may be some soreness during or right after the massage. You should, however, feel better than ever within a day or two.

Although there are appropriate times for a strictly Swedish massage, over the years I have found that massage sessions incorporating deep tissue techniques are much more effective in providing longer lasting pain relief.

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