Deep Tissue Massage, as the name suggests, uses greater pressure to treat the deeper layers of the muscular system. Deep Tissue Massage will usually be performed on the bare skin with a small amount of lubricant such as massage wax or oil. Strokes will typically be long and slow, with the Massage Therapist seeking feedback on pressure levels to make sure that the pressure is enough to release the tight muscles but not so hard that it is painful.
Some practitioners (and clients) believe that it is ‘supposed to hurt’ however there is little evidence that a painful massage is more effective than one performed within the client’s pain threshold. Others, myself included, believe that a small amount of ‘creative discomfort’ is required to yield the best results. This means working right at the threshold of pain and trying not to go above or below this point too much.
The best body part to perform deep tissue massage on the larger muscles is with is the form arm and elbow. This is because the Massage Therapist can use their body weight to their advantage in applying pressure without putting undue strain on smaller joints such as the joints of the thumb. Massage Therapists that attempt to perform deep tissue with fingers and thumbs on a daily basis for many hours will eventually damage their joints.
The most common muscles to treat with Deep Tissue would be the Erector Spinae Muscle Group, the Hamstrings (Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus), Calves (Gastrocnemius and Soleus) and Quadriceps (Rectus Femoris, Vastus Medialis, Vastus Intermedialis and Vastus Lateralis). Other smaller muscles can be treated with knuckles or the palm of the hand or even the thumb though therapists are advised to limit the usage of these body parts for Deep Tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage is one of many techniques in the Remedial Massage Therapists toolbox and most often a massage will consist of other techniques.
To book a Deep Tissue Massage with Oak McIlwain:
Call 0449 264 980 or
Choose ‘Remedial Massage’ from the list and mention you want deep tissue in the custom notes for the booking.