What Is Deep Tissue Therapy?
Deep tissue massage therapy is a specific type of massage therapy that focuses on the deep tissue of muscles. It is usually performed on the back where nerve damage can easily occur to the spine and alignment can easily be disfigured. When the spine goes out of alignment the muscles surrounding it will often tense to such an extreme level that chronic pain develops and regular classical massages like the Swedish massage are not able to aid the pain. A deep tissue massage is needed to relieve pain and even realign the spine.
How Does A Deep Tissue Massage Work?
If you are considering deep tissue work you probably have chronic pain in the shoulders, neck, or throughout the back and a regular massage is not able to relieve the tension. You may seek chiropractic aid and the chiropractor will probably suggest you get deep tissue therapy whether or not he can give you temporary relief. When you go, the massage therapy techniques which are used by your therapist will focus on the deep tissues of the muscles by stroking slower and applying more pressure to specific areas surrounding the source of the problem. A deep tissue therapist will not give you a full body massage and the experience will probably not include extreme special affects like incense, dim lights, or soothing music that you might experience at a spa. Deep tissue work will often leave you feeling sore and exhausted, especially around the area where work was done, but the long term affects will be astronomical in comparison to leaving the pain to be soothed by a regular massage.
What Are The Requirements To Becoming A Deep Tissue Massage Therapist?
The requirements to being a deep tissue massage therapist are similar to those of any other massage therapist. You have to go to school and receive certification after completing specific course requirements. There are many schools that offer the courses that once you pass, you can earn a certificate or license depending on your state’s jurisdiction. You want to research different schools because some might specialize in specific massage techniques. Massage schools are often expensive an do not offer financial aid or extensive scholarships, but it is possible to find less expensive schools or even community colleges that offer a massage program. Also, it is not uncommon to see deep tissue therapists with PhD’s because many of the are chiropractors considering both studies of work go hand in hand.