Deep Tissue Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage is similar to Swedish massage, but the strokes are slower and use more pressure. Deep tissue massage is often used to relieve head, neck, and back pain, as well as break up scar tissue. Because it uses more pressure, deep tissue massage can be uncomfortable, but most practitioners work within their clients’ pain tolerance levels. Though there may be some residual pain from the massage, the results are extremely beneficial, and can greatly improve any chronic pain or malady within days. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, which causes toxins to build up in the muscle tissue. A deep tissue massage gets to the heart of the problem, working intensely on the muscles and connective tissues to loosen toxins and improve proper circulation of blood and oxygen.

Deep tissue massage therapist masseuses work in private practices, spas, clinics, offices, and wellness centers. They may also work as instructors at massage schools, and write about the healing effects of massage. They usually work a regular week, but may offer evening and weekend hours to better meet the needs of their clients, as well as travel to a client’s home or office to provide better service. Their salary varies according to the area in which they practice as well as the capacity in which they are employed, but they can expect to make an average of $40,000 to $60,000 a year, perhaps more. The growth outlook for this career is good, especially as more people look for alternative methods of healing and medicine as well as relief from stress. The demand for massage therapists is more likely to increase in urban areas than in rural areas, but is practiced all over the country.

There are several schools which offer deep-tissue massage as part of their massage program, and several schools that deal strictly with this form of massage. As with shiatsu massage, there is a varying number of hours required in programs from school to school, as well as for certification from state to state. For example, in California, one must only complete 150 hours of training to be able to practice massage on the public, and the practice of massage therapy is unregulated and uncertified. However, in states such as New Jersey and New York, one must take up to 600 hours or more of training before being eligible for licensing. It is best to check your state’s requirements for certification and licensing when pursuing this career.

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