DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Introduction

Deep Tissue Massage is an advanced form of Swedish Massage, popularised by Sport Massage Therapists. Nowadays, most therapists including, Beauticians, Complementary Therapists, Sport Therapists, and Physiotherapists, are qualified in Deep Tissue Massage.   The fact is a Deep Tissue Massage may well be one of a number of techniques used in a massage therapy treatment. There is a misconception that Deep Tissue massage is painful, but  the old mantra, “no pain, no gain”, has been abandoned a long time ago. Some techniques may be uncomfortable, but they should not generate pain. It is paramount that there is good communication between the therapist and client, in order to achieve the desired result while still having a comfortable and pleasant experience.

Qualifications

Before anyone can train in any Deep Tissue techniques, they need to gain the prerequisite qualifications of Anatomy and Physiology (A&P), and Swedish massage. Both fields of study form the foundation for more advanced forms of massage study. An understanding of anatomy enables the therapist to be familiar with the different structures of the body and their specific characteristics. Physiology empowers the therapist to understand their functions and their role in maintaining the Homeostasis. Both A&P and Swedish massage are linked together so that students have a good knowledge and command over them, in order to provide a safe environment and practice for massage clients.

Physical therapists who are qualified in Deep Tissue massage are all capable addressing specific problems, such as chronic muscle pain, injury and rehabilitation. Individual therapists may choose to undertake different specialized branches of Deep Tissue Massage training, in order to build their own customized treatment regime. Each individual therapist depending on his or her education, natural ability, aims, personality and intuition adapts massage sessions.

Swedish Massage

Swedish technique uses lubricant to glide over the skin, either on a superficial layer (light pressure) or a deeper layer (firm pressure). Other techniques used are kneading of the muscles, vibration or percussion to stimulate the muscles, and passive and/or active joint movements. All of these techniques used are intended to increase circulation of blood and lymph, decrease muscle spasm and spasticity, reduce lower levels of stress hormones, and provide a generalized sense of relaxation for the client.

Effects Of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage generally focuses on a deeper layer of musculature, fascia and nerve routes.  Fascia is a membrane or sheathe present throughout the body and surrounds both individual muscles and groups of muscles as well as the viscera. Fascia can become scarred, dehydrated and inoperative in various areas of the body, causing symptoms of pain and limited range of motion.

Deep Tissue Massage Techniques

Some of the specialized Deep Tissue Massage courses include Myofascial release, Trigger Point therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, and Muscle Energy Techniques to name just a few. Therapists with wide ranging techniques are better equipped to work with clients troubled by more divers issues caused by illness or trauma other than sport or work related musculoskeletal injuries. Ailments such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, diabetes, insomnia, and headaches respond well to massage therapy.