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April 4, 2014

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

A Deep Tissue massage has a reputation-that it hurts!

It is an often misunderstood term in the massage world. It is often assumed that “deep tissue massage” means neuromuscular massage or myotherapy, utilizing deep pressure and friction, often in a rough or less comfortable and sometimes even painful manner. A lot of massage therapists themselves are even taught that Deep Tissue Massage is supposed to be painful. I know I was taught that. Unfortunately this preconception from therapists and clients alike can scare people away from trying it out. Massaging deep tissues is often extremely useful in cases of chronic muscle tension, muscle spasms, poor posture, repetitive strain, pain conditions, and recovery from injury. What you may not realize, is that there are a multitude of body work techniques that address deep tissues in various manners, and with a wide variety of intensity. The following are some of the most common techniques: