Deep Tissue Massage Training

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Deep tissue massage therapy is the practice of using pressure and massage techniques to help muscles lengthen and relax. Massage therapists complete their training at specialty schools or technical schools. Therapists must pass an exam to become licensed and certified. It is advisable for massage therapists to continue to seek out additional training opportunities to ensure they are using the latest techniques.

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Purpose

Deep tissue massage is designed to help the patient to relax and lengthen the deeper muscles of the body that are not affected by general massage therapy. Therapists practicing deep tissue work must be trained in the proper methods of manipulating the body's muscles and how to apply pressure in a manner that will not injure the patient or therapist.

Methods

Deep tissue massage requires the therapist to apply pressure to a patient's body. Whether using knuckles, elbows or the palm of the hand the pressure must be applied using a method that will relax and lengthen the muscle. It is important for the therapist to be able to read the patient's reactions; if the patient feels pain the muscles will contract and cause the opposite of the desired result.

Requirements

Certified training for deep muscle massage therapists is a requirement for employment with most spas or chiropractic centers. This requirement means that an individual must find a certified program and complete the program prior to seeking employment. Some employers will offer to pay for a portion of the course expense upon successful completion.

Schools

Many schools that offer nursing degrees will also offer undergraduate degrees in massage therapy. Technical schools also may offer massage therapy training programs. There are also schools that specialize in only massage therapy training.

Other Media

Some licensed massage therapists use DVD and online training programs as continued education to stay current on the latest techniques. Employers may not recognize an online training program as a qualified certification, however, due to the difficulty of verifying the quality of the training received and the amount of hands-on practice that the therapist has logged as part of the training.

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