Research indicates that deep tissue massage therapy blocks pain receptors due to stimulation of the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system) as correct. Activation of the PNS promotes generation of endorphins and serotonin, two hormones strongly implicated in improving mood by naturally reducing tension and anxiety. In fact, a runner's high and a massage high seem to rely on the same physiological principles associated with neurotransmitters levels in the brain. Deep tissue massage also dissolves rigid, painful bands of tissue called adhesions that impair functioning of muscles, ligaments and tendons, block circulation of oxygenated blood to these tissues and limit movement. Our massage therapists will use a series of firmly realized strokes and manipulations to release “knots” and adhesions existing in your strained muscles. Because deep tissue massage is deliberate and intense, the massage is often used as the example for describing a “full body massage” that begins at the shoulders and typically ends when your therapist reaches your upper legs or calves. Strong, rhythmic strokes work to reach the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues. These forceful strokes release “knots” embedded in muscles and tissues to enhance mobility, decrease muscle spasms, improve lymph and blood circulation and reduce ischemia, a condition in which tissues suffer painful deficiencies of oxygen and glucose. Deep tissue massage is an incredibly nurturing style of massage that involves your therapist working deeply with the tissue rather than on the tissue. Although this kind of massage may be slightly more uncomfortable than other types of massage, it will relieve pain, tension and muscle inflammation so that you can enjoy an active, healthy, pain-free life.