Deep Heeling Barefoot Bodywork
(formerly Get Deep Massage)

FAQ's

 

What is deep tissue massage?

What is Ashiatsu?

How are deep tissue and injury massage different?

Is deep tissue massage right for me?

What does deep tissue massage feel like? 

Will I be sore after a deep tissue massage?

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Do you wash your feet before giving a massage with them?

 

What is deep tissue massage?

Your muscles are arranged in layers. The goal of deep tissue massage is to access those deeper layers. Some of these tissues are actually quite superficial, but the techniques used are designed to release restrictive tightness and tension. Generally, the strokes used are slower and more specific, and utilize more pressure than Swedish-style massage.

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What is Ashiatsu?

Ashiatsu (pronounced ah-shee-AHT-soo) is a barefoot massage technique that uses gliding, compressive strokes to provide deep relaxation and create structural change. The therapist is supported by overhead bars. Utilizing my feet instead of my hands allows more comfortable access to deeper tissues.

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How are deep tissue and injury massage different?

Technically, all of the services I provide are deep tissue massage. Injury massage is very specific deep tissue work, typically limited to a segment of a limb or small part of the torso. I tailor each session to meet your needs, from inclusive full body work to a problematic muscle group.

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Is deep tissue massage right for me?

Injury massage is appropriate for everyone once the initial swelling and heat have subsided. Full body deep tissue massage is appropriate for healthy individuals who are not under a doctor's care for heart or circulatory problems and are not taking blood thinning medications. Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy® is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are currently under the care of a physician, get medical clearance for "deep, aggressive, compression massage" prior to making your appointment.

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What does deep tissue massage feel like?

Deep tissue massage feels different than relaxation massage. It can be painful if pressure is being applied to sensitive, dysfunctional tissue. Pain during treatment subsides as tissue health improves. Client feedback is invaluable to providing the best possible session.

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Will I be sore after a deep tissue massage?

Post-massage soreness is common with deep tissue massage, much like when you've done a physical activity your muscles are not accustomed to. Basically, the tissue is being re-injured on a microscopic level to stimulate the healing process. General soreness may last a day or two, while soreness to the touch can last several days. Post-massage soreness can be minimized by drinking plenty of water before and after your session (at least half your body weight in ounces per day), taking hot epsom salt baths, applying heat to the area of soreness (10-15 minutes per hour), stretching, applying topical analgesics (Icy Hot, Sombra, arnica gel, etc.) and using over-the-counter pain relievers (as a last resort!).

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What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Getting deep tissue massage on a regular basis results in decreased muscle tension and pain, increased range of motion and better tissue health.

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Do you wash your feet before giving a massage with them?

Yes! I wash my feet before and after every massage and put on slippers that I only wear after I've washed my feet. During the massage, I step into flip-flops when I have to leave the table. I wash the flip-flops while I'm washing my feet after each session.

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