Deep tissue massage
What is it?
Deep tissue massage releases the tension in muscles which causes pain and reduces mobility. The strokes are designed to release not just the muscle fibres themselves, but also the fascia which wrap the muscles, and the tendons which attach them, as well as to increase blood flow to nourish the muscles.
What techniques do you use?
I may use hands, arms and elbows to apply strokes, and drainage techniques to remove lactic acid, and will also use lighter techniques to warm the muscles before using deeper techniques (for the same reason as you stretch before exercise: to prepare the muscles). Your massage may incorporate other techniques, such as joint mobilisation, or aspects of holistic massage; we can discuss the results you want, and I will tailor the treatment to your needs.
What's it for?
Deep tissue massage is useful for addressing areas of pain caused by stress, posture, or physical activities like sport. It helps reduce pain, improve flexibility, mobility, and muscle tone and function, so improving physical performance, as well as improving the sense of overall wellbeing within your body. My training included studies in anatomy, pathology, and physiology, and the application of this knowledge in massage.
"Having put up with pain around my shoulder blade for years, after 2 sessions with Emma I am now pain free. An amazing treatment."
Bill, retired explorer, bon vivant.
“I had a lot of tightness throughout my back and shoulders, and some major knots in my shoulders. Emma was quick to identify the problematic areas of tension and I felt considerably looser afterwards and less congested. The deep pressure techniques were particularly impressive. This is the most relaxed my muscles have felt in a long time. The approach felt very intuitive to me.”
Jeremy, journalist and sportsman.