Expert Toronto Deep Tissue Massage
Therapeutic Pressure with a healing intent.

What can you expect from our Deep Tissue Massage?

An Aches Away Toronto Deep Tissue Massage is NOT a “no pain no gain” aggressive treatment that leaves you with bruises and more pain. Our skilled therapists use their strength in an applied way to bring attention to deeper structures in your muscles and fascia.

Who is it best for?

A deep tissue RMT at Aches Away Toronto is more of an in depth conversation with your body and to help those who feel disconnected from their bodies and don’t have much body awareness. Use this deep pressure massage to help you better integrate your body into your daily movement.

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Some Perspectives on Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

What’s the problem with Deep Tissue?

Many Massage Therapists are faced with the problem of clients wanting “deep tissue” massage. Or they’re faced with colleagues who believe that massage requires a lot of pressure or needs to be painful to be therapeutic. Not always the case. Alice Sanvito has written about this lots of times in discussions and has gathered some of her thoughts into this blog article.

Does this describe you? If yes, then maybe we should reconsider the type of massage you choose.

I recently had a client, a slender woman, who wanted a *lot* of pressure, probably wanted me to exert as much force as I could with my elbow on her back. I was using firm pressure, trying to accommodate her as well as I could while staying within what I thought was a safe limit. She said to me, “I literally can’t feel that.” I told her, “Well, then that worries me because that tells me we need to evaluate your sensory nerves.

If you really can’t feel this, you have no way of knowing if I’m hurting you.”

Can’t force the deep tissue, says this Therapist.

Being asked to impose excessive force on the body just to satisfy a clients hallucination of value from painful contact is tantamount to being asked to wilfully abuse. I am unwilling to participate in a relationship predicated on abuse and I consider it unethical for me to do so. I invite all practitioners to consider that the “therapeutic relationship” has psycho-social implications as well as biophysical. What are we communicating when we “beat up” our clients. Are we willing participants in such situations?

Will Deep Tissue Massages that bruise, help me heal? It hurts but does it help?

We therapists have all had clients come in with bruises all over them because some RMT or chiropractor thought they had to break up their ‘adhesions’ with a lot of force. One poor client kept going from one practitioner to another who would do these painful things to her until she finally figured out it wasn’t helping. I want to see the evidence that painful massage is necessary. At Aches Away, we assess and check in through the treatment to make sure we are staying within a therapeutic boundary with our patients.

But what do clients think about Deep Tissue Massage pressure?

What I can say is most clients wanted more pressure – they want to feel the “good pain”. But as the fitness industry promotes in an aggressive way: no pain no gain – Not true. Lots of individuals seek out this, thinking otherwise it isn’t worth time and effort. My thought is people are sometimes so disconnected from their bodies, have not much of body awareness as well that they seek out for pain as good to feel at least something in their bodies.

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