What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue massage is exactly what it says, it's a massage which looks to get to tension which is located in deeper layers of muscle, helping your body to return to normal function, allowing you to feel more relaxed, have more energy and feel less stressed. Deep tissue massage can be applied to most areas of the body and is typically offered as a back, neck and shoulder massage or as a whole body massage.

This deeper form of massage is typically used to treat or manage chronic muscle aches or pains in areas such as the neck, upper back, lower back, legs and shoulders.

How Does It Work?

When muscles are chronically tight or have been injured there may be scar tissue, trigger points or adhesions in the soft tissue (including muscles, ligaments & tendons), these can place pressure on the surrounding blood vessels which will effect the blood supply which can limit your bodies healing capabilities. These areas of tension can also bring on pain, aching, restrictions to your joints range of motion and even create or increase inflammation.

Deep tissue massage helps to eliminate these muscle tensions by breaking down these areas of soft tissue dysfunction, allowing the body to function and heal more effectively - allowing normal movement and easing of pain and aching.

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Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?

Typically deep tissue massage is a relaxing and therapeutic experience, when working over pockets of tension which are already sensitive, this can be tender to work over. However once the tension in the muscles has been released you will feel much better and the pain and discomfort you were previously experiencing should start to lift.

On occasion there may be some level of stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but this usually doesn't last more than 24-48 hours.

Benefits Deep Tissue Massage

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, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding

Massage Prices

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Carla Jones, Sports Massage Therapist in Chichester

Carla Jones

Since doing her first ever massage course in Level 3 Sports Massage, Carla realised that she had a passion for massage and wanted to take things further by expanding her techniques. She then went on to study Level 3 Holistic Therapies as well as a course in Advanced Massage Techniques. In 2012 Carla moved to West Sussex from Wales and has gained 4 years experience within the spa industry. In 2015 she completed Level 4 Sports Massage at Brighton & Hove City College.

Find out more about Carla here.

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Dilys Price

Dilys is a level 3 sports massage therapist trained in Deep Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head massage, Table Top Thai Massage and Aromatherapy Massage. She has experience working with people from all backgrounds and age groups. 

Dilys can use a combination of her techniques to find the right balance based on your needs and preferences. She will use her techniques to help you achieve the following; 

  • Greater Relaxation
  • Looser and more flexible muscles
  • Improve your body's natural movement and range of motion. 

Dilys regularly works alongside our Chiropractic team, and other professionals to help you reach your rehabilitative goals. 

Book with Dilys here.

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