Deep Tissue vs. Sports Massage

At Under Pressure Therapeutics our massage therapists specialize in a wide variety of massage techniques from Reiki, Neuromuscular, Sports, and Prenatal massage, but first and foremost we are a deep tissue practice.
“Well I’ve had a deep tissue massage before.” Or “I don’t like deep tissue, it’s too much pressure.” You may be surprised to know that deep tissue does not necessarily mean deep pressure. Many clients do enjoy deeper pressure massages and receive a lot of benefit from that intense pressure.
Deep tissue however is a fancier way of saying that we focus our massages more to fit your specific ailments. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of tension, say that neck stiffness you just cannot get rid of or your chronic lower back pain. Our therapists will work deep into your tissues to un-wind the chronic pain pattern and, therefore, the client will receive a deeper release than a basic Swedish or full body massage. The longer the therapist can spend on a certain area warming up the tissues and using cross fiber friction and myofascial release, the deeper they can get into the tissue with less discomfort to the client.
An even more specific massage technique is sports massage. This is a type of massage where the therapist themselves is well educated in various sports and the muscles used in that sport. As such they can deliver a very specific massage to release and strengthen specific muscles to aid in an athlete’s performance.
Sports massage is popular onsite at sporting events such as marathons, triathlons, and weightlifting meets (and our office does provide onsite massage upon request). It is used to warm up and cool down an athlete and help them get out of their heads and into the competition mindset. It also plays a major role in an athlete’s training and self-care regimen. It can speed up the rate of healing from injuries, provide greater range of motion for tight muscles, and flush the system of lactic acid and toxins produced by the body after a hard training day. It is noted that the therapist and athlete should be aware of their training and competition schedule to know when it is best to receive massage and what type of techniques should be used. The more often an athlete receives massage, the faster their body bounces back from it.
Whether you are looking for relief from a specific ailment or gearing up for your first marathon (lifting is my thing though), you should communicate to your therapist specifically what your goals from massage are and what you would like to focus on. Always remember that we are geniuses in our field but not mind readers! Ask us questions, pick our brains and let us know if there’s something you’d really like to take care of. If one of our therapists doesn’t know how to approach your treatment, chances are we have someone that does. Now that you know a little more about two of the therapies that we offer you will be better able to let your therapist know what you want.
Written by Eleanor Le Fevre

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Dr. Dave and Dr. Troy are two chiropractors who wrote a book called ” Oola: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World” and focus on establishing balance between the 7 necessary Fs in life: Fitness, Finance, Family, Friends, Fun, Field, and Faith. Establishing this balance takes a lot of work, dedication, and constant reevaluation of the status quo. This book goes through each one and helps you evaluate where you are strong and where you need work. It helps you recognize detrimental thought forms and limiting beliefs, as well as teach you tangible lessons to really help you.
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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a bodywork technique used primarily to asses and correct postural distortions within the body and retrain the muscles on correct alignment and movement patterns. This type of therapy is utilised by massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and osteopaths to correct postural distortions and bring relief of chronic pain for clients.
A neuromuscular massage as performed by a Licensed Massage Therapist varies in depth of pressure, passive and active movement (client moving the muscle or therapist), and what other modalities are used in conjunction with NMT (neuromuscular therapy). Each school of massage has their own way of teaching NMT; however, every therapist should know the basics of NMT and how it can benefit their client.
Neuromuscular therapy can also be described as a deep tissue technique because it works through the layers of muscle and fascia (a thixotropic connective tissue that wraps around muscles, individual muscle fibres and layers between muscle and skin) to bring deep relief to chronically tight or taught muscles.
While the basic Swedish style massage focuses on relaxation and flow, a neuromuscular massage will feel deeper and include focus on muscles that can contribute to a postural distortion rather than just the muscles that are in pain. If a client presents with rounded shoulders and just wants work on their understandably painful back and rhomboids, a neuromuscular therapist will also suggest working on the front to the body to relieve the tension on the back of their body.
In the case of a rounded forward posture, contributing muscles can include pectorals,coracobrachialis, diaphragm, iliopsoas, and the scalene/ scm neck muscles. All of these muscles contract and tighten down on the front of the body during daily activities of sitting, typing, carrying, reaching, driving etc. to give a chronically rounded posture and thus cause pain between the shoulders, neck, and mid to low back. It is a Licensed Massage Therapist’s job to understand this relationship between the front and back of the body and take a holistic approach in their clients care rather than treating them as separate entities.
A relaxation massage is a wonderful thing to receive but if you are suffering from a chronic issue or you can never seem to get relief from your painful shoulders, back, neck etc. then think about asking your Licensed Massage Therapist to add in some neuromuscular techniques to correct these issues and bring your posture back into alignment.

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Patchouli relaxes and decreases inflammation. It can clarify thoughts and help you discard insecurities. It can also be used as a dietary aid. I put it on my collar bones, just a little bit.
Valor is one of my all-time favorites! The blend empowers and encourages while keeping you feeling grounded. I put it on my feet to keep me grounded, or on my throat when I feel like I need extra help communicating.
Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint are my bread an butter. If I had to choose only 3 oils, these 3 would be it! Lavender is calming and helps with cuts, scrapes, and bruises; lemon is super detoxifying; peppermint helps with soreness, headaches, and more. I’ll put a drop of lemon and peppermint in hot water if I’m having a stomach ache. I’ll put a drop of lavender on my joints when they are achy or over my heart if I’m getting anxious.
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Find a Licensed Massage Therapist

We are proud of each of us being a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Colorado. Why? What are the benefits of seeing a Licensed Massage Therapist?
Not every state regulates the Massage Therapy profession. Each state also has different requirements for someone to get licensed as a Massage Therapist. Many states require a certain amount of continuing education in order to renew a license. The state of Colorado requires 500 hours of education and for an individual to take the MBLEx, the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam.
The MBLEx is a standardized test that challenges each aspiring Massage Therapist on their knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Psychology, Client Assessment and Treatment, Massage Modalities, Ethics, Boundaries, and Guidelines for Professional Practice. This is a huge exam that most Massage Therapists have stressed over for months before taking it. In order to take the exam, you have to show proof that you’ve attended an accredited school for Therapeutic Massage and that your education meets the state requirements.
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We only employ Licensed Massage Therapists at Under Pressure Therapeutics for many reasons. Having the state licensure ensures that each Licensed Massage Therapist has received a certifiable education with appropriate hands-on training. Each Licensed Massage Therapist has not only dedicated a minimum of 500 hours to learning about the history, application, and contraindications of massage treatments, but has also taken a rigorous test proving the knowledge learned, understands the ethical and professional practices of a Licensed Massage Therapist, and is committed to continuing their individual education on Therapeutic Massage, Ethics, and different bodywork modalities to deliver the most comprehensive and thorough massage treatment for the individual need.
That’s a lot of technical jargon for why we employ Licensed Massage Therapists! Simply put: A Licensed Massage Therapist takes their career as a Massage Therapist seriously. We don’t let people just lie down and let us hurt them–each technique we use has a purpose to help you reach whatever goal you have in mind for your massage. We are professional. We are educated. We are dedicated.
Working with chronic pain, injury and surgery recovery, and other issues require us to know what we need to do. We cannot have someone working for us who doesn’t know how to massage someone with hardware in their neck or back, someone with fibromyalgia, or an adrenaline junkie who has had so many injuries it’s surprising that that person is still alive! With each injury or surgery, each massage is different, and we have to employ Licensed Massage Therapists who know how to handle those different aspects of the field.
We truly take pride in what we do and we really love what we do. That’s why we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage. We aren’t your cucumbers-on-the-eyes day spa; we are Under Pressure Therapeutics, Fort Collins’ Deep Tissue Massage Clinic.
Find out more about your Licensed Massage Therapist on our Meet the Team page. If you’d like, you can also find your Licensed Massage Therapist on the state website.

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Young Living actually has 2 types of chamomile: Roman and German. Both look similar–adorable little white flowers with a bright yellow center. Both have many similar benefits, such as increasing relaxation, calming the nerves and mind, and tasting yummy in teas. Both are anti-inflammatory. Both are a natural anesthetic. Both naturally grow in Utah. Both help with insomnia and skin conditions. Both from the Asteraceae Botanical Family. But there are some slight differences.
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Deep Tissue vs. Swedish Massage

You might have heard we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage; in fact, you might see us because we specialize in deep tissue. However, many people don’t understand the difference between Deep Tissue Massage and a Swedish Massage.

 

Swedish Massage focuses on relaxation. Using 5 different types of strokes, Swedish Massage doesn’t typically use a huge amount of pressure to achieve its goals. It’s only called Swedish Massage in English and Dutch speaking countries and in Hungary; everywhere else, it’s called “classic” massage. The majority of clients who seek a Swedish Massage also want deep pressure. While technically, that would classify the massage as a Deep Tissue Massage, we understand what the client means. We can integrate deeper pressure into a standard massage.

 

A Deep Tissue Massage focuses on manipulating the deeper tissues of the body, specifically the fascia and muscles. Deep Tissue Massage has been proven to be a viable option for many different ailments. Livestrong posted an article about the benefits, including:
  • Reduces Chronic Pain
  • Improves Blood Pressure
  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
  • Stress Relief
We specialize in Deep Tissue Massage Therapy at Under Pressure Therapeutics because, while we want to help people relax, our mission is to serve Fort Collins with quality massage therapy services, and we believe the best way to achieve this goal is through deep tissue massage. By giving Deep Tissue Massage, we offer our clients an opportunity to recover from surgeries with breaking up scar tissue, to decrease chronic pain by stretching fascia, and to help athletic training and exercise recovery.
Please note that Deep Tissue Massage does not exclusively mean pain! And you shouldn’t be writhing in pain, either. This is wherecommunicating with your Licensed Massage Therapist is key! When giving a beneficial, therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, we want you at about a 6 or 7 on a pain scale out of 10. We want it to be a little high, but we want you to be able to breathe through it. If you’re not breathing, then you’re not getting benefits–you’re just paying us to torture you. A 6 or 7 is kind of a “hurts so good” kind of pain. If you can breathe through it, great! If you are tensing up the rest of your body to “deal” with the pain, not okay. As a tip: when it hurts, take a big, deep breath in, and see if your Massage Therapist does need to lighten up, or if you can breathe through it. If you immediately start wincing, that is NOT okay!
Deep Tissue Massage is the best option for setting the body on course of recovery for a full, pain-free life. If you noticed, we work within YOUR pain tolerance–a 6 or 7 for one person is another person’s 25, which is another person’s 4. Don’t feel “bad” for telling us it’s too much! Don’t apologize to us if you can’t handle that much pressure! That’s what YOUR body needs! And we work to give you what your body needs!