Gentle Deep Tissue
How can a massage therapist reach deep muscles with gentle touch for optimal results? Don't deep techniques have to hurt to work?
Those are some questions asked when we introduce someone to advanced medical massage protocols. Here’s how it works:
Healthy muscles can take strong pressure without experiencing tenderness. Pain is the body’s warning system that something is wrong. Clients complaining of muscle pain typically have hypertonic muscles that have reached a noticeable pain threshold.
A massage therapist with strong palpation skills can discern the tonicity of the muscle. That’s how she targets that “spot” needing special attention. A massage clinician employs assessment skills to determine pain patterns. For example shoulder pain may originate from the neck. Resolve the need issue; resolves the shoulder. Targeting the shoulder more than the neck in that senario, will only give temporary relief.
Clinical studies show total resolve or longer lasting relief is more likely when the applied pressure never goes past the first threshold of pain. Many people experience that as "feel good" tenderness. Reaching deep tissue with gentle touch happens when the therapist is sensitive to the body’s feedback. The pressure applied is a sort of asking permission of the muscles to let the therapist go deep. Muscle feedback dictates how much pressure the muscle will allow without resisting. Each time the muscle is treated at the optimal level, it allows the therapist to go deeper and deeper without going beyond that feel good tenderness.
Advanced medical massage specifically targets all the soft tissue (including lymph, fluid, skin, fascia, neural pathways, periosteum) by systematically working in layers. A lot of preparation lays the foundation for the deeper work releasing muscle trigger points. Movement therapy is also typically involved to sort of re-educate the muscles into a new normal state of release.
When therapists respect the natural physiology of the body and working with its cues, the soft tissue will be more likely to reach higher states of release and maintain the release
longer—especially when the client modifies lifestyle to invite and maintain release.
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