When selecting a Massage Therapist you will probably want to know about the different techniques available to you. Well, this can be a problem, and perhaps not the best approach to take when making that choice.
For example, you might ask me if I do Deep Tissue , over the years I must have heard that question thousands of times. The term deep tissue is a general term. Several techniques used by any competent Therapist would fall under that heading. “Muscle stripping” or “Muscle rolling” are some examples.
But the term deep tissue has little meaning. For one thing no two Massage clients tolerances are the same, what one client experiences as very light massage feels like being crushed under a large boulder to another client. On top of that, no two Therapists are created equal, because of differences in training, skill levels, and the therapists physical constitution.
Often, my experience has been, when a client asks if I can do deep tissue, they are really telling me that the last massage they received seemed superficial, and did not have any effect at all. For the massage to be effective the Therapist must find the optimal level of pressure the client needs to get the job done. No more or less pressure. To work on that level the Therapist needs to be skilled. You just cannot steam roll over a person that will just make the client tense to protect themselves. Deep tissue work requires a good deal of trust to exist between you and your Therapist.
Some exotic types of Deep tissue Massage go further then to the bone! Take for example CHI NEI TSANG, Chinese for Internal Organ Massage. This requires deep levels of relaxation to be achieved as the Therapist passes through layer after layers of muscle and fascia to reach the organs to be massaged, certainly that is deep tissue. Images of Aztec human sacrifices come to mind. Fortunately, there are other approaches to organ massage available to those who need it. Take for example Hatha Yoga, works on the organs by moving the body around the internal structures thereby creating the space your organs need to function unimpaired. Locally, Sandy Jones is an excellent Yoga instructor. She been teaching Hatha Yoga over 30 years.