Brown Mountain Bodywork

Asheville Deep Tissue Massage

deep tissue massage

It’s not how deep you go. It’s how you go deep. ~Ida Rolf

Deep tissue massage is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot. Unfortunately, in most spas and clinics, “deep tissue” simply means firm pressure.

Our deep tissue massage therapy is customized to support your individual needs by focusing on the specific areas where you need it most. Most importantly, our massage therapists have the skills and experience to access those “tough to reach” areas without leaving you feeling bruised and beaten afterward.

Despite all of us having the same anatomy, our individual tension patterns vary. So a generic full-body deep tissue massage may not be the best fit for you. Add to that any pre-existing conditions or structural imbalances, and you have the makings for a very specific massage. That requires working with deep tissue massage therapists that have a thorough understanding of biomechanics and kinesiology.

Deep tissue massage sessions often include a variety of methods including myofascial release, neuromuscular trigger point therapy, and assisted stretching.


Common Questions

What is deep tissue massage therapy?

Deep tissue massage is an approach within massage therapy that is used to access deeper layers of muscle tissue. It’s not limited a specific technique but aims to treat myofascial pain and range of motion issues arising from injuries, occupational activities, and repetitive motion. Deep tissue massage often includes firm pressure and positional release to achieve these goals. 

How much time should I book?

The short answer is “it depends”. It depends on the nature of your goals, your overall muscle mass, how long it’s been since your last deep tissue massage, etc. Longer sessions are generally better because they provide your body time to relax, allowing for deeper work. However, shorter deep tissue massages can still be very therapeutic. Most new clients schedule an initial visit of at least 90 minutes. After an initial visit, we can recommend a treatment plan based on an assessment.

How often should I book a massage?

Again, the short answer is “it depends”. It depends on your level of activity (frequency and intensity), the nature of your goals, your overall muscle mass, etc. After an initial visit, we can recommend a treatment plan based on our assessment.

What conditions do you treat?

Most of our deep tissue massage clients come in because they’re seeking some degree of pain relief. This can show up in many different ways including low back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, plantar fasciitis, golfer’s elbow, and tennis elbow. If you’re curious about whether or not we can help, just ask.

Session TimeRate
60 minutes$110
90 minutes$160
120 minutes$210

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