Reduce muscle tension – Improve Athletic Performance with a StoneChi Deep Tissue Massage! Book Today!
As Bob Hope once said, a massage each day has therapeutic value and is one of the great pleasures of life! Deep Tissue Mobile Massage is our most most requested massage. Finding a therapist who knows how to navigate deep work that locates and releases muscle pain and tension without causing too much discomfort – that fine line between pleasure and pain – is what every client wants from this therapeutic session.
However it is normal to expect a little discomfort the next day. This is a stronger treatment than all of our other therapy modalities, hence highly recommended for athletes and those with strong constitution and muscle strength.
How you May Expect to Feel After a Session
The purpose of a deep pressure sports massage is to break up muscular adhesions and knots. The purpose is also to bring new oxygenated blood to the tissue, causing greater mobility and flexibility. A relaxation massage will just not get into those boulders in your shoulders! Depending on your pain threshold, you may feel a little sore the next day, but it should not be more uncomfortable than a strong workout at the gym.
What is involved in Deep Muscular Sports Massage?
This invigorating sports massage technique melts away tension and fatigue. As this is a more vigorous treatment, there will be an initial assessment for safety reasons. Once the session begins, your therapist releases deeper connective muscle tissues and knots with compression and friction techniques to provoke release and re-alignment within troubled areas. This modality assists each client to recover from deep muscle tension or tissue injury. More techniques involved in a deep tissue massage are:
- Cross Fibre Friction
- Trigger point Therapy
- Myofascial release
- Muscle pinching
- Deep elbow and knuckle pressure
- Neck and Shoulder traction
- Flexion of the neck and middle spine through assisted stretches (people with slipped disk, rheumatic arthritis, any spinal condition moderate to severe, acute injury are contraindicated to this treatment)
When your therapist focuses on specific muscle groups that are tense and constricted, your session will help with the following:
- Relieve deep muscle pain incurred during sporting activities.
- Stress reduction
- Enhanced immune function
- Perfect for après ski, after a day of golf or tennis
- Preparation of a marathon.
- Injury prevention and recovery
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Increases performance, post Bodybuilding
- Reduces the following: Low Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, mid back pain, tension in the legs (hamstrings, glutes, quadriceps, calves, and hips)
- How does it work?
When considering how deep pressure massage works, we start by considering sports related muscular patterns of holding tension. Muscular contractions caused through high-impact repetitive motions, such as a continual swing of a golf club or hockey stick, lead to shortening of muscle fibres and adhesions in the connective muscle tissue. In the beginning of the massage, tense areas are warmed up with general circulatory effleurage massage. Next a fascial release (allowing the surface of the tissue to unwind and prepare the body for deeper muscle massage) is administered. Your therapist will next deliver firm deep pressure with knuckles, thumbs, finger tips, or by applying an elbow to tired aching muscles. Deep tissue techniques are applied to release tension and increase blood circulation to the area; hence the sore and tired tissues relax and more quickly recover.
Results: Improved Athletic Performance
According to ‘Sports Medicine Journal,’ (2005) many coaches, athletes and sports medicine personnel believe massage may provide increased blood flow, reduced muscle tension while increasing well-being. Furthermore, due to this increase in motility and flexibility, athletes may improve performance and reduce injury risk through regular massage. (Weerapong, et al, P. 235). Massage is also shown to ease sore muscles.
Alongside an active life comes a time to be passive and decompress muscular tension – more specifically removing muscular adhesions and built up scar tissue in a specific way helps you to progress towards your goals, preventing damage and injury in your game. And, according to a study reported by Dr. T. Field, massage is also proven to positively affect the molecular levels of our musculoskeletal system and increase healing time. When the body goes through trauma, massage has been shown to turn off genes that increase inflammation while switching on genes that speed healing.
So leave yourself in our capable hands; we will help you with injury prevention, and towards safe and improved athletic performance.
Stone Chi Massage
#25, 1410 West 13th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia