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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.  It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, hip pain and sore shoulders.  Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.  When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.  Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

What to expect when booking a Deep Tissue Massage at Sabai Thai Spa:

Unlike full body therapeutic massages, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem you may have with soft tissue.  Spa Therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.  You can expect that your spa therapist will ask you if there are certain areas you would like focused on, then you can expect that those areas will be manually worked with several deep techniques.  You may want a full body massage, but ask to have certain areas focused on.  As long as your treatment time permits, you spa therapist will do her best to work on your areas of need and incorporate some relaxing massage as well.  At certain points during the massage, certain people find there is some discomfort and pain.  You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.  It is important to tell the spa therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain.  It is always our aim to work within your comfort range.  It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.  There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

 Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:

·         Reduction in chronic pain

·         Improved mobility

·         Increased recovery from old injuries

·         Improved posture

·         Decreased stress and muscle tension


Some people think that if you just push hard enough, a knot could be worked out in one session, but this is not the case. For built-up tension and chronic knots (adhesions) deep tissue massage is just one part of the treatment. If you do not exercise, correct your posture, and/or employ relaxation techniques along with Deep Tissue Massage you may not get the full benefits from your massage.

One of the most important things to remember to do when getting a Deep Tissue Massage is to breathe deeply during the session and while relaxing afterwards. Oxygenating the muscles will help the massage do its work and ease discomfort.

We recommend purchasing on of Sabai Thai Spa’s loyaty packages for deep tissue massages and get a series of treatments for maximum benefit and value.

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