Deep-tissue massage shares some traits with Swedish massage but it shouldn’t be mistaken as “Swedish but deeper.” Every massage therapist has their own style, techniques, and experience, and while a client may think they prefer deep-tissue (because their past experiences were too light or ineffective,) I encourage the client to be their own advocate during the session to communicate whether they need me to go lighter or deeper.
If you’re looking for a strictly relaxing experience, please look to other modalities! The techniques used are for breaking up scar tissue, breaking down adhesions and trigger points, working with fascia (thin lining over muscles,) and improving range of motion.
Although Swedish techniques are used it really is an integrative massage as I pull together all I know for the best results. For the first part of the session I use Shiatsu (Japan) where the literal translation is “finger pressure.” I then like to include tui na (China) techniques where I gently pull and grasp your skin with my hands. I integrate active muscle energy release, myofascial release, and passive range of motion. When I start
to use oil I’ll use lighter pressure with the palms of my hands to release tension and warm up your muscles. I take into consideration the common trigger point areas and locate the source of pain if unknown. To learn about trigger points click here.