Deep tissue, as its name implies, is a type of massage incorporating firm, deep pressure in slower strokes to reach deeper layers of the fascia, the tissue below the skin and muscles. It is a deeper, more intense version of the Swedish massage, targeting a specific problem such as pain or an injury. Deep tissue is a very powerful modality in aiding injury rehabilitation, improving postural problems, releasing chronic muscle tension, lowering spasm, lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and relieving chronic back pain. It is a highly effective massage to break up scar tissue and deep muscle knots, often using some of the same strokes as Swedish massage. The therapist will apply shorter, gliding strokes often with their forearms or elbows to ensure deeper pressure to target specific muscles and areas.
A massage therapist needs to be licensed by their corresponding state. Most state’s Massage Therapy Licensing Board is under the umbrella of the state’s Department of Health, therefore entailing strict and rigorous requirements in order to obtain a massage therapy license. Massage therapy credentials include licensing, board certification, education and training from an accredited school and optionally becoming a member of a professional Association, such as AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) or ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals). Most states regulate the massage therapy profession therefore making it illegal for anyone to work as a massage therapist without proper licensing or certification. licensed massage therapist require education, training with an accredited school with a minimum of 500 hours of training with some states requiring up to 1000 hours, e.g. New York. Hands on training by a supervised license instructor is mandatory and a vast knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology is crucial to ensure the safety of clients.