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April 7, 2008

No Pain No Gain?

A lot of people don't feel they got a good massage unless the experience a painful deep tissue massage. Deep tissue doesn't have to be painful. The trick is to maintain good client/therapist communication and gently stretch the muscle and fascia. That doesn't mean deep tissue isn't an "intense" therapy, but ideally there is little or no pain the day following a treatment--and definitely no bruising.

Of course, deep tissue massage is not just one technique. It describes a whole class of massage beyond "basic" relaxation massage. Some examples are:
Myotherapy -- a 'trigger point' therapy. It involves pressing on small, constricted, sore points that trigger pain in areas away from the points.
Structural Integration (aka. Rolfing) -- aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia.
Trigger Point Therapy -- bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
Shiatsu -- Japanese word that means ‘finger pressure’.

There are many more deep tissue therapies than what I've mentioned here. Feel free to contribute with your favorite style of deep tissue therapy by leaving a comment. I'll be happy to collect them all and present them in another post about deep tissue therapy.

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Posted by linda at April 7, 2008 9:21 AM

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