Bold statement but a proper deep tissue massage is hard to come by. As someone who has been doing deep tissue almost every day for the past 8.5 years I like to think Alex and I know a bit about it. Deep tissue massage for the therapist is great because we learn the 'no hands technique' so you can work using your elbows, knuckles and forearms without damaging our thumbs from overuse. Particular good for me as I have flexible thumbs so try not to use mine too much and my mum has arthritis so that's always something I am vigilant of. When you come across a knot or trigger point your elbow is the tool. It is so simple! We find the knot and lean on it with our elbows until we feel it go down; can be slight or a lot. You then use effleurage around the area to create a good blood flow and give the muscle a bit of a rest before you go in again. Three times is probably your maximum before you move onto another muscle. However, you can go back to it once the muscle has had a rest and I find this is even more effective as the muscle has time to relax and recuperate before you give it another round. It usually means we can feel more as well because of that muscle relaxation. You continue doing this for the whole body...
So why is it a rarity? I don't know if it's different massage schools or techniques but whenever I book a deep tissue massage every therapist is so different it baffles me. Some are too fast, some use their thumbs too much so it just hurts my surface muscle and doesn't get into the deep muscles, some don't find the knots we have just talked about during consultation...the list is endless.
The key things I look for, and you should, when getting a deep tissue massage is that the therapist has the right qualifications (make sure they actually have done a deep tissue massage course as some just say they do it), that they use the no hands technique effectively, they listen to you during the consultation and they are slow slow slow with their technique. A fast technique just equals fast mind and body. It is not going to effectively treat the muscles, hence the name deep tissue massage. The technique MUST be slow and controlled in order to effectively treat the deeper muscles otherwise they just 'hide' as you are slightly straining.
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