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Deep tissue massage is a term used mainly by individuals who administer sports massage and is a good description of its purpose and function as it is used primarily on sportsmen and women for the relief of deep muscle pain. Deep tissue massage involves a fair amount of friction and uses the heel of the hand and the thumbs and fingers, working into the area with deeper tensions lie.
While a large number of athletes are known to strain their muscles due to strenuous training and performance, debilitating stress can also be stored in the deeper layers of our muscle tissues, causing soreness and pain.
Deep tissue massage is an art because the masseur must exert enough pressure to heal the problem but not cause discomfort to the client or make the massage an unpleasant experience.
Deep Tissue Massage Tips
If you get this combination right it can bring great relief to someone with muscle soreness and stiffness, and helps to relieve pain.
For the best deep tissue massage the deep tissue massage strokes includes a thumb rolling technique which involves pressing one thumb into the flesh, sliding it up the muscle or area being massaged, then following it with the other thumb.
You can do short thumb strokes alternating with each thumb quite quickly so as to pick up a speedy rhythm. This is both invigorating and relaxing, but practice is needed to dis-cover the correct pressure. Once again, try it on yourself first to see how it feels.
How To Do The Deep Tissue Massage Technique
1) For deep tissue work, alternate between your thumbs and the heel of your hands to press down into the muscle, and then firmly stroke along the area that you are working on.
2) When using the thumb rolling technique, press one thumb firmly into the flesh, slide, then do the same with the other thumb, starting just above where you left off with the first thumb. You roll one thumb over the over in order to get back into position — hence the ‘rolling technique.’