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Deep tissue massage is ultimately a relaxing massage that works with firmer pressure than a general treatment. It focuses on the deeper layers of soft tissue (the muscle, tendons and fascia). During a deep tissue massage the therapist will use slow strokes and deep pressure over and into the affected and surrounding area, allowing the blood and oxygen to circulate more efficiently through the soft tissue fibres. This releases toxins and congestion in the muscle to allow the muscle fibres, tendons and fascia to glide and move without restriction. Deep tissue massage is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension and older injuries which have left adhesions within the soft tissues, causing discomfort and lack of mobility. The purpose of a deep tissue massage is to ‘unstick’ the soft tissue fibres while releasing tension and aiding relaxation.
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