Here are some questions we hear most often from our clients:


Precautions: When would massage not be appropriate?

Massage is not recommended for certain people:

  • Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • Immediately after surgery
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage
  • If you are prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
  • Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.


What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is effective because of its technique which consists of slower, stronger massage that stimulates deep into muscles. This can be especially helpful for the athlete in you which exposes your muscles to daily, intensive conditioning. Deep tissue massage will noticeably loosen your muscles, elevate pain, and increase mobility. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of deep tissue massage.


Will a deep tissue massage hurt?

It shouldn’t hurt, but it’s likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you. At Deep Tissue & Structural Healing, application of moist heat with hydrocollator packs is key to relaxing your muscles before manipulation.


How does the hydrocollator work with deep tissue massage?

Deep Tissue & Structural Healing is one of the few  massage providers to use the hydrocollation technique. Our deep tissue massage is performed by manipulating deep muscles combined with extensive stretching and the use of heat. This meticulously performed technique will lead to optimum movement. The steaming heat of the hydrocollator relaxes the muscles tissue which allows your therapist to provide more specific and deeper massage to the affected area.


What is the hydrocollator?

hydrocollator steam packs for deep tissue massage The hydrocollator steam pack is a therapeutic pack filled with silica gel. The pack is soaked in hot water in the hydrocollator device in order to provide extended moist heat to the area of your body to be treated. The benefit of using a hydrocollator  therapeutic pack is that it stays moist and retains heat. The steam pack is heated to a comfortable 160°F and then placed on the injured area. This increases blood flow to help minimize pain and stimulate healing.

Deep Tissue & Structural Healing applies these hot steam packs wrapped in layers of towels for your maximum comfort. We leave the steam packs on the affected area for about 20 minutes so that the penetrating heat seeps deep into your muscles for complete relaxation.


What are the benefits of using hydrocollator steam packs?

The penetrating, moist heat of the steam packs treat physical conditions such as muscle spasms, sprains, bruised tissue, and particularly tense areas in preparation for a deep tissue massage. The hydrocollator technique increases blood flow to the treatment area, helping to decrease pain and stimulate healing. Heat is a non-invasive, therapeutic means of treatment following injuries or soreness resulting from exercise, sports or other activities.


Can deep tissue massage help with chronic conditions?

According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.

People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.


What can I expect during my massage?

Massage therapists at Deep Tissue & Structural Healing may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.
You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.


Additional tips to enjoy your massage

  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
  • It is important to drink plenty of water after your massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues that have been treated.


If it’s your first time at Deep Tissue & Structural Healing
please check our tips to be prepared to enjoy your healing massage.