My name is Eddie Curlin II and I’m doing my research paper on Techniques of Massage therapy. The techniques that I learned on my own being a massage therapy student is Deep tissue massage, Hitol Massage, and Shiatsu. I based my research paper on these three because they are very interesting to me and I like to them for my mom. The reason why I say that is because she has carpal tunnel in her hands and whenever they hurt I try to heal them using massage therapy so it works and now I will explain the basis of my research on the styles of massage therapy and how it has helped me and will in the long run.
First on the list for my research paper is Deep Tissue Massage. Now deep tissue massage (ehow.com, 1991-2011) “Deep tissue massage was designed to loosen muscle tension and relieve stress. An added benefit of such massage is that it can smooth out scar tissue. The focus is on connective tissues and the deepest layers of muscle mass in the body. Interestingly, while massage itself has been around for centuries, deep tissue massage is actually less than 200 years old.” To Quote again from ehow.com “In the mid-1800s, Canadian physicians first developed the technique. In 1949, the Canadian doctor Therese Phimmer developed guidelines for the technique, which she set forth in her book, “Muscles – Your Invisible Bonds.”
To properly use deep tissue massage is a combination of friction and pressure, using fingers, hands, elbows and sometimes other implements. Using this works to “break up” the tension, or “knots,” in muscles, providing greater freedom of movement. The muscle tissue is stretched and separated, providing for better circulation of blood. This technique helps to relieve pain associated with muscle spasms, whiplash, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and muscle strain associated with injury. Overall the deep tissue massage itself is something I would love to do on client and have done on myself because I bet the feeling would be incredible and relaxing.