Force for deep pressure can be generated in two ways: externally or internally. The external generation of force comes from the force of gravity by using our body weight. The internal generation of force comes from the contraction of our muscles.
The line along the continuum between “regular” and deep tissue massage is not sharp and can’t be clarified by a list of techniques.
The most common question from a therapist to the client is: “How is the pressure?” The usual response is “Fine”, whether it is or not.
There are two major reasons why a massage therapist should consider working toward and earning a Continuing Education Certificate in Manual Therapy.
The following techniques are considered to be Manual Therapy techniques: Massage (Soft Tissue Manipulation), Stretching, Joint Mobilization, Hydrotherapy.