deep tissue massage sf marin

Deep Tissue Massage
SF & Marin

We get into the deepest fibers of the muscles, releasing painful stress and adhesions.  Deep tissue massage can be uncomfortable at times, but overall should be tolerable.  It can address certain areas such as the hip flexors that are unreachable by other techniques. This is one of those techniques that can hurt so good.  If you are looking for massage in SF & Marin, you have come to the right place.

Deep Tissue Massage | San Francisco

Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that focuses on aligning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains in areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

This approach uses some of the same strokes  as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper.  We focus on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).  Specific types of deep tissue therapy such as psoas release massage are especially helpful for hip pain and low back pain.

Our practitioners are intensely strong, but temper that strength with intuition and experience.  They are very adept at working the deeper fibers without further damaging them.

Why Deep Massage Work?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  Adhesions block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.  It is important to communicate when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.

There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep massage, but it should subside within a couple of days. Your practitioner may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

Benefits of Deep Massage Work | Marin

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, gluts, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding

According to Consumer Reports magazine, 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.

Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for pain associated with fibromyalgia. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.