Deep Tissue Massage Benefits

heartsong wellness deep tissue massageDeep tissue massage or therapeutic massage uses a deeper touch than that of relaxation massage.  The focus is on releasing muscle tension where I, the massage therapist, use my elbows, knuckles and fingers to get to the deeper layers of your muscles.

My clients often ask me where their knots come from.  How did they get there?

Muscles become tight and full of knots for a variety of reasons:

  • You may be doing a daily activity that involves repetitive movement.
  • You may have incorrectly lifted something that was heavy.
  • You may have “slept wrong” or fallen asleep on the couch.
  • You may have received a draft.
  • You may have an office chair and desk that isn’t ergonomically correct.


I rely on your feedback.  I’m not the type of therapist that believes in the “no pain, no gain” theory.   A little bit of discomfort is to be expected, but not to the point of tensing up where the treatment becomes counterproductive.  I strive for the “it hurts so good!” level.  However, when a muscle is tight, it doesn’t require a lot of pressure for there to be discomfort.  Oftentimes, approaching the muscle more gently at first, helps the superficial layers to relax, allowing for less painful deep tissue work to follow.

Stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting where they need to go.

Toxins are stored in tight muscles.  Deep tissue massage breaks up and releases these built up toxins by loosening the muscles thus allowing nutrients and oxygen to flow as they were designed to.

Sometimes soreness can be expected for a day or two after your massage.  It’s important to stay hydrated prior to and after your treatment to reduce the “healing crisis” of your deep tissue massage.  Symptoms of a healing crisis can include things like dizziness, headache, light nausea or some achy muscles.  Taking a warm bath can also help to detoxify and reduce the “healing crisis”.  It’s helpful to add Epsom salts (about one cup) to your bath water as well as about 1/2 a cup of baking soda.  The Epsom salts not only help to detoxify, but also help to relax the muscles because Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate compound.  Baking soda also helps to detoxify chemicals and heavy metals from the body!

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How often should you receive deep tissue massage? 

Knots don’t usually show up overnight. Likewise, trying to reduce those nasty knots doesn’t happen overnight either!

I don’t like to put my clients on a “schedule” per se.  Every “body” is different and responds differently to massage.  Some muscles “submit” quicker than others.  Usually, the longer the tightness has been there, the longer it takes for them to release.  If clients do their homework, stretch, deep breathe, etc., they will see results more quickly.

I usually recommend that clients come once a week for two or three weeks.  After that we tend to reduce treatments to once every 2 weeks with the freedom to bump it up or down, depending on their need.

Some might say, “I think I can make it for three weeks” and then realize they need to come in after two weeks.  While others say they want to come back in a week and then notice that they’re feeling great and come back in two weeks instead.  I start out with a general schedule and allow for changes depending on my client’s need.

I like for there to be “wiggle room” and let my client dictate their frequency of treatments.  

60 minutes $80.00; 90 minutes $105.00


Deep Tissue massage available by appointment only.

Monday to Saturday during the day

Wednesday and Thursday evenings


We are conveniently situated 15 minutes east of Leduc and 15 minutes south of Beaumont.  At Heartsong Wellness Cottage, you’ll enjoy our quaint country cottage with the sounds and smells of a crackling wood stove, during cooler temperatures.  Soft music greets you as you enter into your treatment setting.  Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are used to assist in the healing process.  You’ll leave feeling relaxed and restored!