Deep tissue massage is a form of massage which aims to work through all the layers of muscle and soft tissue to leave that muscle deeply relaxed.
Ted treats himself once a month coming for a full body deep tissue massage, just to treat himself.
Ted doesn't go the gym, run or cycle regularly or have a job that causes any repetitive injuries to his muscles - he just wants to spoil himself.
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If you've ever had a spa masasge, then you're probably familiar with Swedish massage, which uses the general massage techniques of effluerage, petrissage and tapotement.
These techniques are applied in a specific order, or set of routines which are designed to create a sense of flow and calm.
Deep tissue massage on the other hand targets all the various layers of soft tissue:
When Ted comes for his regular full body deep tissue massage he does so because it leaves him feeling positive, refreshed and relaxed.
To get to that point, each of the muscles is massaged with precision. As each layer of muscle loosens up and relaxes, it allows me to access a deep layer and work on that - the result is that all of the muscles massaged are genuinely and deeply relaxed.
Unlike Swedish massage, deep tissue massage doesn't use fixed routines - since each person's body is so different, what you need won't be exactly the same as what Ted needs, so your treatment wont' be what he needs, it'll be what you need.
To give you an idea, though, a typical treatment for Ted follows starts something like this:
well you get the idea.
This sort of precision work continues on his shoulders, arms, legs, feet, stomach, chest - whichever we feel will relax him most.
Ted's deep tissue massage always ends with a relaxing massage of the back of his neck, gently, carefully & precisely massaging each of the muscles there.
If you fancy following Ted's lead and trying out a deep tissue massage, then give me a call.