There are many articles and information out there on the different types of massage and these articles are all well done. With all that information it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing at times. I don’t want to add to the confusion just clarify two misconception that I have had to clear up many times in my career as a Massage Therapist. Not all massage is created equal and deep tissue is not always the right deep tissue.
Not all massage is created equal
The most common massage out in the world is swedish massage “classic massage” the most basic of all massage methods. The strokes compose of: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (striking), and frictions (rubbing), with vibration. There are several derivatives of Swedish massage, most importantly sports massage. Sports or deep tissue massage.
Nothing new, you probably have read about them before, Swedish massage and its derivatives are all very good and I provide my clients with one of them depending on their needs at the time. The difference is the results after you leave the session, did you get what you needed and how long did the feeling last. Depending on your body response and needs these can be enough but if it isn’t, then what. Then its time to experience the right massage, are you ready?
A massage can treat your muscles and you with the aim to improve your posture so you will feel better longer. The appropriate treatment requires lengthening of what is short, strengthening of what is weak, mobilization of what is restricted (blocked), deactivation of trigger points, reintegration of functional patterns of use (change bad habits).
You’re just not getting one technique you will be experiencing actual muscle therapy balanced tailored to your specific needs. A combination of Manual Tissue Mobilization techniques-appropriate soft tissue techniques like Myofacial release, muscle energy techniques and a variety of modification and variations of these aimed at decreasing spasm and ischemia (lack of blood flow to soft tissues), enhancing drainage of the soft tissues and deactivation of trigger points.
It’s the scientific approach to your massage Neuromuscular Re-education an advance therapeutic massage therapy my specialty.
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Deep tissue is not always the right deep tissue
What is deep tissue, really? Over the years I have heard from other therapist that their clients will ask for more pressure and they give it to them but is this really what they need? I mean someone can get hurt and you don’t want it to be you. I am sure the therapist only desire is to have a satisfied client. The clients thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen.
In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.
The right approach involves treating superficially to deep muscles, that’s right not pounding the muscle into submission. Pressure is applied with the aim of normalizing muscle tone. Pain can manifest itself as ischemia, trigger points, nerve compression, biomechanical (muscular activity) dysfunction and postural distortion.
The quest is how to release it appropriately. Session are based on treatment outcome to Re-educate the Neuromuscular Junction in order to achieve postural balance, relieve biomechanical strain, and normalize muscle tone.
It’s not how deep you go it’s how you go deep that is more effective.