Deep Tissue Massage Portland

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage is massage that works on the lower layers of tissue in the body. It focuses on muscles that aren’t normally worked on by other more common massage techniques like Swedish Massage.  The technique incorporates the palms, fingers, knuckles, elbows and knees at times and is one of the best treatments for hypertension throughout the muscular body.

How is Deep Tissue Massage different than Swedish?

A deep tissue massage uses much more weight and strength from the practitioner than Swedish. It can incorporate the same strokes, but is much firmer pressure. While working deep tissue on a client, I can put up to 70% of my weight into an area the size of a quarter (most people rarely ever need that). Where as Swedish massage is more about moving the top fatty layers and lightly addressing the surface muscles. Swedish is great for relaxing the nervous system and calming people down and Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger point release do the same, but are meant for clearing up stuck, tight areas and creating space for muscles and joints to move freely again.