a type of massage therapy and bodywork involving the strategic balancing of and along three-dimensional fascial planes and the corresponding muscle tissue by following, releasing and balancing lines of soft tissue tension in order to relieve physical and emotional tension, improve posture and increase soft tissue mobility and vitality.
Any condition which Deep Swedish Massage is indicated, including, but not limited to the following:
Acute Pain Chronic Pain Decreased ROM Decreased Mobility Soft Tissue Traumas Motor Vehicle Accidents Sports Injuries Injuries of War Surgical Scarring Traumatic Scarring Soft Tissue Imbalances Scoliosis Spasticity Muscle Spasms
Contraindications: (General Contraindications)
Any condition which Deep Swedish Massage is contraindicated, including, but not limited to the following:
Autoimmune Diseases Lupus Rheumatoid Arthritis Scleroderma Embolism or Thrombus Epileptics
Areas of the body with the following:
Blood clots Fractures Open wounds or sores Skin infections Weakened bones (such as from osteoporosis or cancer) Site of recent surgery Gout Deep vein thrombosis Varicosities Malignancy Intervertebral disc problems
No legal liability is intended or accepted by the author concerning this information. If you are not a licensed medical practitioner you are legally obliged to consult an M.D. for any medical diagnosis. The above listing should not be construed as anything other than a basis for discussion on indications and contraindications of any deep tissue massage.
In describing contraindications for deep tissue work it is NOT TO BE ASSUMED that Fascial Balancing Release Technique or any other modality is a medically oriented healing modality. Whether it is depends on other factors like the qualification and intention of the practitioner and the working contract or agreement with the client. Deep tissue and Myofascial Techniques are very often used not as a medical healing modality but as a holistic method for increasing the sense of aliveness and embodiment. This listing is intended to be no more or less complete or medically based than those non-medical treatment situations when it is possible to list medical contraindications, as this can be done for jogging, walking, dancing or other non-medical activities.
Reference: Ruth Werner & Ben E. Benjamin; A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, Williams & Wilkins (1998)