Theory and Concepts of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of massage that focuses on releasing the deeper myofascial restrictions of the deeper muscles, tendon and ligaments of the body.   This work is also sometimes referred to as myofascial release and is used by many massage therapists, physical therapists and osteopaths.

There are many theories and concepts that have evolved around doing deep tissue massage from the various types of therapists that use the technique.

Blocked circulation is reduces well being and overall health.  Eliminating the blocks that are caused by muscle tightness using deep tissue techniques can lead to enhanced circulation of blood, lymph, interstitial fluids and cerebro-spinal fluids. Enhancing circulation will lead to optimal functioning and health.

Physical activity is needed for optimal health.  The anatomy of the muscles and physiology are related to other functions of the body.  The health of the muscles influences the health of other systems of the body.

Connective tissue plays an important role in creating and maintaining health.  Connective tissue is the most abundant of the four basic types of tissue in the body and therefore plays a role in most systems in the body.  When connective tissue is damaged or not functioning properly due to adhesions or restrictions the function of the associated tissue is impaired or reduced.

There are many different combinations of various techniques of deep tissue (myofascial release) with different purposes or intent. Some use very forceful pressure while others use gentle rocking or very light pressure with the same results – a releasing of the deeper structures of the body.

Some of the various techniques include

Rolfing and Structural Integration, Neuro-Muscular Therapy, Craio-sacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Travell Triggerpoint therapy, Pfrimmer Deep Tissue, Postural Integration, Soma Neuromuscular Integration, Thai Massage, Trager and many others.

Deep tissue massage does not necessarily mean a painful massage.

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