Deep Tissue Massage
Here at A Ala Hawaii Massage our Kona Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning of muscle structures and connective tissues to relieve severe tension in the muscle, connective tissue and fascia. Concentrating on and penetrating the deeper muscles and tissues located below the surface of the top layer of muscles with slow movement and deeper pressure focused on areas of tension and pain.
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What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints. It is especially helpful for individuals who experience consistent pain, with chronically tense and contracted areas. People that are involved in heavy physical activity, and patients who have sustained physical injury will benefit greatly from a series of Deep Tissue Massages.
How Fast Will You Get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage?
In our Kona Massage Clinic one Deep Tissue Massage can achieve some significant relief, however it will take a series of Deep Tissue Massages to undo the chronic pain and vicious cycle of pain syndromes. Many people feel relief from their first deep tissue massage and continue the same habits that created the pain syndrome and sometime later find the pain and tension return.
Following through with a series of Deep Tissue Massages as well as integrating a program of lifestyle changes at home and work that includes exercise, gentile stretching, attention to and retraining of your postural and working habits as well as relaxation techniques is necessary for successful long lasting pain relief. We can work with your regular program or get you started on a Deep Tissue Massage Therapy program here in Kona including help with postural and functional habits at work and home.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
Deep Tissue Massage is performed to address Chronic pain such as chronically stiff or sore necks, shoulders and low back pain and pain that remains after an injury. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, adhesions or bands of painful, rigid or contracted tissue develop in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Circulation can be blocked by adhesions or rigid tissue which becomes ischemic causing pain, limited movement, and chronic inflammation.
What You Can Expect During Your Deep Tissue Massage?
At A Ala Hawaii Massage in Kona our therapists are trained in special Deep tissue massage techniques to physically break down adhesions and releases contracted tissues to relieve pain and restore normal range of movement to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, ligaments and connective tissues. Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms to direct deep pressure striping techniques or friction across the grain of the muscles to access and effect the tissue structures.
For Deep Tissue Massage to be productive it should always be kept within a tolerable range. At certain points during the massage it can be quite intense and most people find there is usually some discomfort as a result of the deliberate, focused work. Deep Tissue Massage should hurt so good. "It hurts, it hurts please don't stop" means you are in the perfect range for healing.
It is important to speak up when the pressure your therapist applies you experience is beyond your comfort range and to breathe deeply through the session to assist in releasing the tense areas. Often the therapist may remind you to breathe deeply while working on specific tense areas.
What You Can Expect After Your Deep Tissue Massage?
It is not unusual to have some stiffness, soreness or you may find your original pain replaced with a new muscle ache or pain for a day or two after a Deep Tissue Massage. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage. A gentile home stretching plan should be implemented so the muscle can re-learn its natural range of motion and maintain what is gained through the Deep Tissue Massage.
It is important to drink allot of water always and especially after a Deep Tissue Massage to flush metabolic waste and lactic acid out of the tissues.
Gentle styles of massage can support deeper work, for instance Polarity Therapy, Reiki, or Craniosacral, can help to produce release and realignment in the subtle body systems. Lymphatic Massage can soothe and support the flushing of metabolic waste from the body.
Deep Tissue Massage is recommended for:
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension or spasm
According to Consumer Reports magazine, August 2005 issue, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute Deep Tissue Massage.
A 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.
Any Massage is not recommended:
If you have just eaten a heavy meal or had alcoholic beverage
Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
Immediately after surgery
Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage
There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
You may discuss with our professional massage therapist here at A Ala Hawaii Massage Kailua-Kona Hawaii to see if a Deep Tissue Massage is right for you before your session starts.