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What is Fascia Stretching?

Fascia is the connective tissue that flows throughout the body, enveloping and influencing all other structures. Because of this, it is very susceptible to dysfunction in the form of repetitive strains or posture. Fascia stretching is a form of treatment that affects the fascia of the body, and therefore can affect many structures, not just muscle. During the treatment, the therapist will assess tension in the limbs of the body to find where the most tension is being held. The treatment is not painful, but it can feel like a strong stretch that gradually subsides as the tissue releases.

Following the treatment, it is normal to feel very loose, and even tired. Try not to do anything too strenuous after the treatment, but be sure to stay mobile to re-educate the tissue. As with every style of massage, always maintain a verbal communication with your therapist. While fascia stretching can be more intense it should never cause injury. Be sure to tell your therapist if you feel there is too much stretch being applied.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that is used to access the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. When being used in a treatment, it is very effective in breaking down adhesions and reducing tensions in the muscles and fascia. Since the therapist will be using more pressure during this treatment than a relaxation massage, it can be more intense, and can also lead to some soreness the day after.

As with every style of massage, always maintain good verbal communication with your therapist. While deep tissue massage can be more intense and some areas may be more sensitive to pressure, it should never cause injury when performed correctly. Be sure to tell your therapist if you feel there is too much pressure, or if you are feeling brave, not enough pressure!

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