If you have had a pain in your back, would you need to have your therapist do deep tissue massage to your whole body? If you have a frozen shoulder should your therapist perform an orthopedic treatment on every joint? These questions are pretty basic and straight forward, nd their answer is 'of course not'.
Many good therapists get used to one or maybe just a few modalities. They are good at them and use them often for lots of clients. There's an old time saying “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This is the same for some therapists and the way they work on their clients.
Having lots of different tools in their bag allows them to become more flexible and flexible in the massage they provide you. One of the keys to knowing which tool or tools are the right ones to use. The key to picking the right modality is open and frequent communications between you and your therapist. Every session should start with a few minutes where you the client is doing most of the talking.
So how might a Custom Multi-Modality Massage go? An example of what a multi-modality massage might be like, let's start with you talking with your therapist. Maybe you mentioned that over the weekend you over exerted yourself while doing yard work and you lower back is bothering you. Also, you're recovering from a bit of a cold. It has has been a little longer than you'd have liked since your last massage and you want to get some real relaxation.
How it works
This sounds like a lot but not really if your therapist had the right tools and was listening to you. So the overall massage would be a full body therapeutic relaxation massage (basically a slower and little bit deeper Swedish massage). You'd start the massage with you facing up, the therapist can easily massage the lymphatic glands in your neck, armpits which are the two biggest areas of glands. This lymphatic work would be worked into the overall massage of your body.
Once you've rolled over face down, the therapeutic relaxation massage continues but only after some warm heat packs are wrapped in soft towels and laid over your achy lower back. The massage of your back is saved for the last 20 minutes of the massage. The heat packs have done their job and softened the tight muscles of your strained back.
With the muscles in your lower back warmed and softened with an increased circulation, a slightly deeper massage really loosens up the muscles and helps relieve your pain.
Sounds a lot better than an hour of deep tissue massage on your back with some extra focus on your lower back. Your lower back might feel better but you do not get much relaxation, and you did not get any of the detox benefits of the lymphatic work.