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💪Exploring Touch: PART 1: Deep Tissue Massage 💪 Bodhi Canmore's Comprehensive 10-Part Guide to Massage Modalities.

Updated: Jun 16

Welcome to Bodhi Canmore's 10-part series designed to unpack the diverse world of massage therapies! Each instalment will delve into a unique massage technique, unraveling its essence, techniques, benefits, and the individuals it best serves.  Whether you're an athlete seeking recovery, someone grappling with chronic pain, or simply in pursuit of relaxation and stress relief, this series aims to empower you with knowledge and insights to choose the massage therapy that best resonates with you and your specific wellness needs.

Today we’ll begin by discussing the transformative power of deep tissue massage, a therapy revered for its ability to reach the deepest layers of muscle tension and provide relief from chronic pain and discomfort. 

💪THE BASICS: What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage in action: Bodhi Canmore RMT John Preskar uses his elbow to target deep into the connective tissue

Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic technique that targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. This method goes beyond the surface level relaxation of standard massages, aiming to address the root causes of muscle tension and chronic pain. Deep tissue therapy helps to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.


In a deep tissue treatment, the massage therapist uses deliberate, concentrated strokes and pressure to access deep layers of muscle and fascia, often using their fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms to apply the necessary force.  The therapist may use techniques such as muscle stripping (deep, gliding pressure along the length of muscle fibres) and friction (pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibres).

Deep tissue techniques at Bodhi Canmore: using thumb pressure to work deep shoulder knots


  • Reduction of chronic pain by improving blood pressure and flow, which in turn promotes healing and reduces inflammation.

  • Improved mobility and range of motion

  • Faster recovery from injuries

  • Alleviation of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and conditions like osteoarthritis.

  • Stress relief through the reduction of cortisol levels and the release of serotonin and oxytocin, the body's natural happiness and pain relief hormones.


  • Individuals suffering from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain

  • Athletes and physically active people who experience regular muscle soreness and tension.

  • People with repetitive strain injuries or conditions that cause chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia.

  • Anyone looking to improve posture and alignment issues that contribute to muscle tension and pain.

In summary, this powerful and targeted approach to massage therapy offers profound benefits for those dealing with chronic pain, muscle tension, and restricted mobility. By delving into the deeper layers of muscle and fascia, deep tissue massage not only addresses the symptoms of discomfort but also targets the underlying causes, promoting lasting relief and healing. Whether you're an athlete seeking recovery, someone struggling with chronic pain conditions, or simply looking to improve your overall physical well-being, incorporating deep tissue massage into your wellness routine can be a transformative step towards achieving a more active, balanced, and pain-free lifestyle.


Stay tuned - next up in our series we'll be discussing the ins and outs of sports massage and its essential role in injury prevention and recovery for athletes and active individuals!

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