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Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that is used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse. Whilst some of the strokes are the same as classic (Swedish) massage, the pace tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, concentrating on problem areas. Practitioners may use their forearms, elbows, fingertips and knuckles as well as their hands in order to break-up adhesions. These bands of rigid tissue can cause pain and inflammation, restricting movement and circulation in muscle tissue. You might have a stiff neck and upper back, lower back pain, tight legs or sore shoulders.

Deep tissue massage works to realign the different layers of tissue within and surrounding muscles, treating the tendons, ligaments and fascia (the protective layer of tissues which surrounds the bones, joints and muscles) as well as the muscles to release tension and provide pain relief.

Read more about Joanne Parry, our Deep Tissue Massage therapist at The Hogarth Medispa.