DEEPER STILL (Deep Tissue/Sports)

EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS

“I came to Therapy by the Sea with my back in knots. I received their 90 minute (Classic) Deep Tissue/Sports massage and left a new man.” L.B.

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This special massage uses expert techniques designed to work the deeper muscles and connective tissues of the body, helping to realign and relax the body in the most minimally invasive way possible. The techniques used would fall into the what would be considered firm to deeper massage. It is especially good for those who are experiencing chronic pain, restricted range of motion, recovering from an injury, or have scar tissue that needs worked out. If you are athletic, have large muscle mass or often find regular massages do not go deep enough for you, then this is the massage for you. It is especially helpful for stiff necks, sore shoulders and tightness in the back and hips.

Overly tense muscles, and bound up tissue, can hinder the massage procedure. So, whenever we do deep tissue massage, we ALWAYS completely warm up the areas being worked on. To do this we use warmed towel compresses and stones. This ensures a much more comfortable session and reduces the chances of soft tissue injury, which if not done, could create a viscous reoccurring cycle of chronic pain and tension to the areas in question. It also increases the long term benefits of your session and helps to more easily reset your body’s holding pattern’s.

If your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the intensive use of heat from towel compresses can help soften the tissue, increase blood flow, and provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles. The focused heat from the stones help melt through the trigger points in your body, and are a very effective way to work deeper without discomfort, helping your muscles to relax and leaving your body feeling more supple and flexible. Unless otherwise requested, the use of the warmed stones is focused on the specific area of the body with which you are having the most bound up tissue and muscular tension.

With our deep tissue sessions we also address and look for fascia restriction and scar tissue. Such issues is often the root of what is binding up the muscle and connective tissue. Since fascia surrounds all of our tissues, this work actually is often not so much ‘deeper’ but rather more focused. You will know when we find such because this tissue will often have a pulling sensation, sometimes described as a sharp itchy response which can also feeling like we are scratching you. It can sometimes make a popping sound as we stretch it out. The binding and restriction in fascia is also often found in the areas of the body that is opposite to where you are actually experiencing your discomfort. We then apply pressure very slowly, to the areas we find this, at a level where we begin to feel tissue resistance. When doing this, we wait for the muscle and soft tissues to release and stretch, while allow our touch and “tools” to sink in more deeply. We are not trying to “do” anything, but rather allow the muscle and soft tissue to open and stretch, while we look to follow the muscle’s lead.

Depending on the person, sometimes the muscle and soft tissue doesn’t release for several minutes, or it is not ready to release at all that day. What is key is that we do NOT use force when doing this work and we ALWAYS focus on BODY COMFORTABLE and BODY BREATHING. If you can’t take a slow relaxing breath into the work, then we both know the work is TOO DEEP. Using force can actually be more damaging to your tissues and begin a vicious cycle of creating persistent trigger points that require you to keep breaking them down to maintain movement.

For our deep tissue sessions, for best results and depending on what each person needs, we might also use cool stones and cool towel compresses along with special analgesics and balms. These help increase circulation and bring down inflammation. Our favorites can include the following:

Mahanarayan Oil: In Ayurvedic terms, Mahanarayan Oil is particularly good for supporting rejuvenation of joints affected by wear and tear, joint space narrowing, and synovial fluid dehydration.This special oil is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe that delivers powerful muscle and joint targeting herbs in a base of certified organic sesame oil. It is a nourishing and strengthening oil with rejuvenating and analgesic qualities, used to soothe sore muscles and tendons, supporting an active lifestyle and preventing over-use damage.

Joint Balm:  This special blended balm delivers a powerful blend of joint-supporting herbs directly to the areas of discomfort. Boswellia and guggulu work with natural anti-inflammatory herbs like ashwagandha and guduchi to detoxify and rejuvenate the tissues. The sesame and castor oil base helps lubricate the joints and remove toxins that can impair comfortable movement. This penetrating formula soothes and nourishes the tissues, helping to maintain mobility and painless range of motion.

Muscle Balm: This nourishing blend has the strengthening properties of Ashwagandha & Camphor as its main ingredients. It can help soothe occasional discomfort in the muscles, support proper movement of lymph, while promoting healthy circulation. Additional use of mint and & eucalyptus adds both a warming and cooling quality when used.

Trim Balm: A weight management program that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet can be further enhanced with massage. Massaging the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and other areas where excess weight accumulates helps to improve circulation, increase metabolism, and stimulate the lymphatic system. Trim Balm delivers kapha-reducing herbs directly through the skin, aiding in detoxifying and toning the tissues. In a base of sesamesunflower and almond oils, this invigorating blend moisturizes and firms the skin while nourishing and strengthening the body.

Arnica Gel: This non greasy and quick drying gel, provides temporarily relief of muscle pain and stiffness, reduces swelling from injuries, and speeds up the healing of bruises.

Another alternative to heat application for our deep tissue session is THE HEAT IS ON! (Infrared Sauna). This is a special blanket wrap that can be added to a session, or used in place of warmed stones or towels, if requested. The infrared wrap ensures an overall body warming effect that thoroughly penetrates to the deepest levels of tissues. Much like stretching and warming up the body before a work out when exercising, pre-warming in such a manner helps to make the deeper work easier to receive and reduces the chances of an inflammatory response. If you wish to have this alternative for your session, please let us know when you make your reservation.

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DEEPER STILL (Deep Tissue/Sports):

  • CLASSIC – 90 min: $195
    • CLASSIC X 2 (Duet): $390
      • More intensive work on 2 areas or focus on 3 areas, usually the back torso and both sides of the legs or the upper body and the back leg meridian, catching the gluts and back calves.
      • Includes aromatherapy, focused used of warm stones, analgesics and cooling down (if needed). In addition to the compresses used for the torso, this session brings in the additional use of leg compresses specially sized to effectively heat up the entire length of the leg and prep them for the deeper work.
      • 2 WEEK ADVANCE BOOKING DISCOUNT $175.50 each
      • GROUP/BULK DISCOUNT (3 or 4 sessions) $175.50 each, (5 or 6 sessions) $165.75 each, (7 or more sessions) $156 each

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* Unless pre-arrangements have been made, all of our 30 minute Focus – Duet (Couple) and Great Escape sessions are done with one therapist within an hour block of time. For the best possible experience we actually encourage this, for while one person is being worked on by the therapist, it allows for the other person to sink into a deeper state of relaxation with the hot towels & stones we use. Two therapists can be arranged, but is based on the availability of the 2nd therapist. If you would still like to see if we can schedule the Focus sessions at the same time, please let us know when you place your reservation.

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