Guidelines for using your body during a deep tissue massage
You will be using your body in a way different from when you apply Swedish massage techniques, so you might find it useful to read through these guidelines relating to the use of forearms, fists and elbows.
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Many clients enjoy the sensation of deep tissue massage. Yet some therapists shy away from incorporating this form of massage into their treatments, believing it to require the application of force greater than what they can deliver. Or they are anxious about how to apply pressure safely.
Deep Tissue Massage describes how to use 83 compressive and stretching techniques in ways that are safe and effective for you and your clients. The reference contains step-by-step guidelines and over 165 color photos, which will help you deliver comfortable and satisfying massages to your clients. The techniques are organized by the part of the body being massaged (trunk, lower limbs, and upper limbs) and by the positioning of the client (three-quarter lying, supine, prone, and seated). Once you have learned about the techniques, you will then learn about incorporating them into effective routines by moving the client from one position to the next. Discover those techniques and treatment positions that appeal to you, and discard those that you find less helpful. You will find many of these techniques easy to apply and will quickly be able to include them as part of your practice.
Deep Tissue Massage explains techniques for avoiding overuse of your hands by incorporating the forearms, fists, and elbows. Throughout the book Client Talk boxes present tips for effective dialogue between therapist and client to ensure expectations are met and the client’s limits for handling deep pressure are not exceeded. A photo gallery index provides a quick reference for treatment ideas or for checking technique.
Whether you are new to massage or a therapist with many years of experience, Deep Tissue Massage will be a great companion resource. Novices will love the easily accessible language and organization of this book, while veteran therapists will check technique and add variety to existing treatment routines. If used in a classroom setting, this book can stimulate debate and discussion about the proper use of deep tissue massage.
Part I Getting Started With Deep Tissue Massage Techniques
Chapter 1. Introduction to Deep Tissue Massage
What Are the Methods of Application?
How Do You Increase the Depth of Your Massage?
How Is Deep Tissue Massage Different From Sports Massage?
What Are the Effects of Deep Tissue Massage?
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Where and When Should Deep Tissue Massage Be Done?
Chapter 2. Preparing for Deep Tissue Massage
What Type of Massage Therapist Are You?
Establishing Your Intention
Using Your Body
Choosing Where to Use Forearms, Elbows, Fists and Squeezing
Using Your Equipment
Understanding Cautions and Safety Issues
Commonly Asked Questions and Concerns
Top Tips for Treating Clients
Tips for Working Safely With Deep Tissue Massage
Part 2 Deep Tissue Massage Techniques
Chapter 3. Compressive Techniques
Introduction to Compressive Techniques
Chapter 4. Stretching Techniques
Introduction to Stretching Techniques
Without Oil (Dry Stretching)
Dry Stretching for the Piriformis Muscle
‘With Oil’ Stretching
Stretching With Oil Plus a Passive Joint Movement
Stretching With Oil Plus an Active Joint Movement
Part 3 Applying Deep Tissue Massage
Chapter 5. Deep Tissue Massage for the Trunk
Chapter 6. Deep Tissue Massage for the Lower Limbs
Chapter 7. Deep Tissue Massage for the Upper Limbs
Part 4 Deep Tissue Massage Routines and Programmes
Chapter 8. Creating Deep Tissue Massage Routines
Notes Concerning Timing
A reference for a variety of professionals, including massage therapists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers, and others (e.g., coaches, athletes) who wish to learn the skills.
Jane Johnson, MSc, is director of the London Massage Company in London, England. As a chartered physiotherapist and sports massage therapist, she has been using and teaching deep tissue massage (DTM) for many years and has a thorough grounding in anatomy, which she uses to explain DTM in straightforward terms. She has worked with numerous client groups, including athletes, recreational exercisers, office workers and older adults. This experience has enabled her to adapt DTM for various types of clients and provide tips for readers. Johnson has taught advanced massage skills for many years and has worked as a fitness instructor, massage therapist and physiotherapist. She frequently presents at conferences and exhibitions for therapists.
Johnson is a full member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She is a consultant and examiner in sports massage for the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists and is a member of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences. In her leisure time, she enjoys writing articles and newsletters for therapists, taking her dog for long walks and visiting museums and exhibitions relating to human sciences.