Massage Ann Arbor
Deep Tissue Masssage - Ann Arbor
(Also known as deep tissue therapy or orthopaedic massage)
Deep tissue therapy is a type of massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using slower strokes and deeper pressure the therapist will concentrate on areas of tension and pain, and on the areas believed to be contributing to the imbalance, particularly when postural distortion is present. This type of work is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back and hip tightness, and tight shoulders resulting in loss of range of motion and numbness and/or tingling in the hands.
Chronically tightened muscles usually have adhesions, bands of painful, rigid tissue, that can restrict circulation so that the muscles do not get all of the oxygen and nutrients that the circulation brings. This can cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to restore normal range of movement and relieve pain. At certain points during the massage there can be some discomfort and pain. It is very important that you communicate with the therapist so that they can monitor your comfort during the session.
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as
- Limited muscular range of motion
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Repetitive strain injury
- Postural problems
- Headaches, tension and migraine
- Frozen shoulder
- Pseudo-sciatic pain
Massage therapy can increase your sports performance by releasing tight muscles through sports massage techniques including proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, muscle energy techniques, active isolated stretching, or static stretching, and Repetitive Use Injury Treatment, along with deep tissue work to address chronically tight areas which are hindering your range of motion.
Clients who receive structural work
When used in conjunction with chiropractic and physical therapy, massage therapy helps by releasing the tight muscles to allow the structure to retain the work done by these professionals. The skeletal system is your structural support system, but it’s the muscles that provide the ability for the body to move. When you have a structural mal-alignment, in most cases the muscles have responded by tightening into the new position. Unless you release the tightened muscles you are limiting the success of structural work that you have performed.
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Sandy Castle - Certified Massage Therapist
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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I'd been a marathoner and triathlete for years when I decided to start running Ultra Marathons in 2011. The increase in mileage started to result in over use injuries. I started seeing Sandy while training for my first 50K. She listened to my symptoms, current workouts, and goals. She takes the time to explain what she is doing and why. I never realized that tightness in one part of the body could cause an injury somewhere else. She also gives me stretches and strength exercise that I can do on my own to prevent overuse injuries. Without her help, I could not have run 4 marathons, 2 50ks and my first 50 mile race in 2011. I still see her regularly... and I'm still running ultra marathons... injury free.