What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy is a modality of therapeutic massage that is used to soften, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the body, thus altering the structural alignment. The goal of a Deep Tissue Massage Therapist, as defined by my one of my teachers, Art Riggs, is: “to understand of the layers of the body, and the ability to work with the tissue in these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient ways possible.”
This is very different than what most people perceive or understand Deep Tissue Massage to be. It’s not about the “no pain, no gain” approach, although there is less of an emphasis on pleasure and more of an emphasis on altering structural alignment and muscle restriction. Not to say it’s not pleasurable or relaxing. Most clients, once they are familiar with Deep Tissue Massage, prefer the work because of the lasting effects and the alleviation of pain that it provides.
The primary benefits of Deep Tissue Massage include:
The spectrum of Deep Tissue Massage is broad and varies depending on the goals and intentions the Deep Tissue Massage Therapist establishes with the client. The focus and pace required--which is much slower with clear, specific intentions--leaves the client feeling refreshed and invigorated. Everyone from young to old can benefit from the lasting effects it provides. And athletes in particular benefit tremendously from Deep Tissue Massage.
I commonly treat clients using Deep Tissue Massage routines I have specifically created for particular injuries. These routines address certain conditions such as Golfers and Tennis Elbow, Piriformis Syndrome, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciaitis, Shin Splints, Achilles and Patella Tendonitis, Whiplash, and others. Utilizing techniques such as Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Massage, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation have been extremely effective in treating and relieving these common conditions.
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