If you are like most people, the words "deep tissue" and "pain free" don't usually go hand in hand. Deep tissue is usually synonymous with deep pressure which some people love and others find not only uncomfortable, but also painful.
Over the past several years I have been working hard to set myself apart from other therapists in the community. I fully believe that we all have our own unique strengths and passions that we bring to the table (no pun intended...okay maybe a little massage humor was intended ;) ), and that there is a therapist out there for everyone.
If you have been following me for long, you know that much of that investment has been in establishing myself as a pregnancy centered therapist, specializing in prenatal and postpartum massage. This is not only a passion of mine, but something that I felt was lacking in our community. I have spent the past several years advancing my education in this area as well as investing in supportive equipment so that pregnant and postpartum women in our community can have the best massage experience possible while feeling confident that as their therapist, I am well educated and comfortable working on them.
But what about my clients who are not pregnant or newly postpartum and may never be? What do I have to offer them? I was thinking about this the other day when 3 times in the same week I was told by clients that they preferred my style of massage because they typically find massage, particular more focused, treatment work, painful. I even had one client ask me if there was a name of the type of massage I practice so that as he travels and returns to his home state, he might be able to find someone with a similar style.
Unfortunately I didn't have a concrete answer for him as, like I mentioned earlier, all therapists have their own unique style, but what I practice is a combination of what comes naturally to me, my own personal mindset about massage and the education I have received.
I consider my style of massage to be pain free deep tissue.
Now, if you have been to me for a massage, you might be thinking to yourself that my massage style isn't always pain free, but the key is that it can be. I do my best to inform all of my clients to let me know during their session if they want more or less pressure or if anything is painful, because I don't want their session to be painful. If communication between both myself and my client is clear, open and honest, my style of deep tissue massage can indeed be pain free. By using a gentler style of massage, I allow the tissue to open up to me so that I can work deep into the tissue without pain.
I'll admit, it has taken me a long time to embrace my style of massage, in fact some days I still struggle with the insecurity of knowing that if a client comes to me looking for deep pressure, they may very well leave disappointed. At the same time, it has become increasingly apparent to me that there is a population of individuals out there that are seeking out the style of massage that I offer and that I would be doing a disservice not only to them, but also to myself to try and be the therapist that I think people want versus the therapist that I naturally am.
I believe that gentler, focused work is not only more enjoyable to receive for those that find traditional deep tissue painful, but I also feel that it is incredibly effective in addressing problem areas.
If this sounds like something you may be interested, or have been seeking, but have not yet found, I encourage you to give me a try. It may completely transform how you have traditionally thought of massage.