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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage involves the massage therapist using his elbows, fingers, or knuckles to apply compression or deep pressure to spasmed or knotted muscles, fibrous adhesions and/or trigger points in order to bring about a more profound state of relaxation. This technique may include the use of petrissage (specific kneading strokes) and effleurage (smoothing and gliding strokes), which are administered with progressively increasing degrees of pressure, while cautiously monitoring the client's verbal feedback and body's reflex responses. 

Deep Tissue is not a forceful massage, meaning it does not require that the therapist strain in order to press his way through hard and tight muscles or thick fibrous tissue. Instead, this technique requires patiently lengthening soft tissue layer by layer to release holding patterns that are preventing a client from relaxing. The emphasis for each deep tissue session is to alter muscle tightness and restriction in order to decrease tension, with the client ideally leaving the session feeling invigorated and relaxed.

A full body massage should never consist entirely of deep tissue strokes because it is overwhelming to the client and would not achieve therapeutic results. It is important to understand that, although strokes are deep, they are done mindfully with caution and confidence. The therapist is assisting the client to release chronically spasmed areas. The depth and quality of muscle release varies for each client and with each session and the effects are usually longer lasting than those of Swedish massage.