Mayo-Facial Structural Integration or Deep Tissue: As the name implies, this massage goes deep. Alec uses a slow gradual technique, feeling for the muscles to relax and open up for a gradual deepening of the work. This patient approach allows her to get very deep with very little to usually NO pain or bruising. Deep tissue focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints) Deep Tissue work will cover what Swedish Massage covers “plus!”
Recommended for: release of chronic muscle tension or spasms, releases knots and long term body structure irregularities resulting from illness, injury or body holding patters. Deep tissue can realign the body sometimes making you feel like you’ve stepped out of a coat of armor. Deep tissue can also be good for flushing out toxins in the tissues, breaking inefficient body structure and movement patterns that can result in sluggishness, awkwardness, disrupted sleep patterns, and chronic stiffness and pain. With the deep work Alec is also able to help stimulate the deep internal organs for optimal functioning. Relief of various types of congestion, digestive disorders can occur with deep work. If you like to “feel” the work, you may enjoy some if not all of a Deep Tissue session.
A deep tissue massage is an intense form of therapy designed to assist individuals who suffer from chronic pain, patients who have sustained an injury, or athletes and other workers who put their bodies through constant physical effort. Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but focuses on the muscles and connective tissues that lie below the top surface of the muscle system. Deep tissue massage carries the added advantage of focusing on a specific area to address continuous painful symptoms.
Deep tissue massage uses specific techniques to address an ongoing complaint, and is a style of massage that is used only on the affected area of the body to relieve pain from injury or chronic stress. Most normal massage techniques are designed for full-body relaxation, but deep tissue massage is intended to release chronic muscle tension in specific areas, and can be a more intense and even slightly painful experience that provides relief within a few days. In addition to tension and pain relief, the benefits of deep tissue massage include lowered blood pressure, lowered levels of stress hormones, and the release of natural chemical oxytocin and serotonin, which promote a feeling of relaxation and well being. If you are interested in deep tissue massage therapy for chronic pain, ask your professional massage therapist if this technique is right for you.