What is Deep Tissue massage?
The clue is in the name! Pressure is used to manipulate the deeper tissue layers in the body.
But what exactly are the deeper tissue layers? According to some schools of massage it means all the tissue layers that lay on top of the muscle, though not the muscle itself, whereas Sports massage includes the muscle.
Some Deep tissue massage therapists would disagree with this. What is clear however is that Sports massage therapists often train for longer, may have a deeper medical knowledge and tend to be more versed in helping with sports related injuries.
This does not mean that Sports massage therapists are more effective at healing or injury rehab than Deep Tissue therapists.
Choosing a Deep Tissue Therapist
The most important thing to consider when choosing a therapist is the length of time they have practiced for and that they have the following qualities:
- Good listening skills
- Flexibility - not ridged in their approach
- Humility – it is important that us therapists know the limitations to our knowledge
- A broad mix of massage techniques to draw upon
Many Deep tissue therapists learn a wide range of styles and techniques and blend these into their unique treatment. They are able to alter their approach depending upon the client. Some bodies respond to firm pressure at times, some people prefer a blended approach whilst other people recover and heal from the lightest of touch.
A light touch with knowledge and positive intention is often far more rewarding than a one size fits all strong approach. The body and mind need to be listened to. We often hold tension for a range of reasons and not just because of the way we sit at work, train at the gym or commute to work. The body is also a storage vessel of memories. A good therapist must be a kind, caring and compassionate person who can switch styles and tune in to the needs of the person.
We are blessed at Breathe London with the skill, expertise and compassion of our team
Your next step to booking a Deep Tissue massage treatment at Breathe London
Breathe London Waterloo timetable – Claudia Monday, Luis Tuesday, Stan Thursday
Breathe London Covent Garden timetable – Stan Wednesday, Zsolt Thursday and Friday, Jana Saturdays
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