So You Think You Need Deep Tissue Massage?

As a new RMT, my technique favoured “deep tissue” massage. I believed that the more aggressive I was in my treatment, the more effective it would be in releasing the deeper tissue. However, if restriction is felt on a deeper level, then it is also likely to be present at the surface and any effort by a therapist to address the “deep tissue” first will cause an unnecessary amount of pain and discomfort. What I have discovered with John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release is that I can effect change in tissue without inflicting pain. Applying gentle, sustained pressure in an area of restriction is enough to effect a release. This approach allows us to feel what is happening without our pain receptor

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