I give massages in the way I like to receive them, with a firm and informed touch. What most people don't realize is that "deep tissue" doesn't equal "better for you." I believe in a firm, not hard/deep touch. In most cases, too much pressure can trigger the "fight or flight" stress response in the body and create more muscle tension than you came in with.
My approach to massage is to assess the posture, begin with sustained stretching to the connective tissue and as the muscles warm up, I sink into them and start to break down adhesions or those "stuck" spots in the muscles. Because I use very little oil, I don't glide superficially on the skin, and instead get more friction on the skin and muscle.
The result for the client is a sense of more ease of movement because of the freedom from the all the little "catches" that build up in a body over time, and more importantly, a sense of depth to the work instead of a lot of pressure.
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