The Art of Deep Tissue Massage

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The Art of Deep Tissue Massage

The Art of Deep Tissue Massage

When you think of deep tissue massage, what comes to mind?  Elbows?  Pain? Maybe a little bit of both?  If that is you, you are not alone.  Most people associate Deep Tissue Massage Bend OR with deep pressure and pain.

While the pressure usually is deeper than during a Swedish massage, it doesn’t have to be.  The goal of Deep Tissue Massage Bend OR is to penetrate to deeper layers of the muscles in order to therapeutically release stuck tissues and fascia at a deeper layer.  Although Morgin does give good pressure, her motto is, “ I only give as deep pressure as necessary to get the desired therapeutic results on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.”

So depending on the muscle or muscle group being massaged, the pressure required may be greater. For example, the glutes (buttocks muscles) may need deeper pressure to reach the deeper layers underneath Gluteus Maximus.  Whereas the Triceps muscle group on the back of the arms will need less pressure to reach the deeper fibers of the muscle tissue, because they are not as dense as the Glute muscle group.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

If Deep Tissue Massage isn’t all about pressure and pain, what is it then?  

In his book, “Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques”, Art Riggs states, “ A simple definition might be: the understanding of the layers of the body, and the ability to work with tissue in these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible.” (1) Riggs goes on to describe, “Although the specific skills and tools of Deep Tissue Massage may be somewhat quantifiable by qualities such as depth of pressure, speed of strokes, or use of elbows and knuckles, its practice may vary, depending on therapist, setting, and client.” (2)

That being said, Deep Tissue Massage Bend OR, can be very beneficial to every one living, being active and participating in life.  Some athletes require deeper work to break up adhesions and restrictions.  Whereas some professionals require a different skill set to properly allow the muscles to relax, alleviate pain and have long lasting benefits.

We have covered what Deep Tissue Massage is, and what it is not.  If you are looking for a deep, relaxing effective massage then look no further.  Morgin Cupp, Licensed Massage Therapist, has the skills, experience and intuitive listening required to meet your needs and the massage that you are looking for. Contact me for more details!


Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques, Art RIggs, 2007, page 3

Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques, Art Riggs, 2007, page 3