Massage Modalities: Connective Tissue Therapy

CTT male client on blue drapingConnective Tissue Therapy is a “deep” form of massage, sometimes called Connective Tissue Massage.
It targets the fascia (connective tissue) in the body in order to relax chronically tight muscles, improve range of motion, soften scar tissue, and improve posture by improving the length, strength, and overall condition of the fascia.
At Finger Lakes School of Massage you will learn how to “listen” to subtle changes in tissue and use CTT techniques to help the muscles return to a relaxed state.
You will also learn about coordinating bodywork treatments, as well as treatment protocols for specific client concerns, such as a limited range of motion or difficulty with mobility.
During the application of CTT, the massage therapist applies a much deeper pressure than would be used during some other types of massage, such as Swedish, for example.
CTT strokes are also performed in a slower fashion than those of Swedish Massage, and sometimes lubricants such as shea butter are used, and sometimes no lubricant is used.
Which clients would benefit from CTT? Clients who could benefit from a change in posture; those suffering from chronic conditions such as splinting, immobility, and stress, among others; and anyone who would appreciate increased range of motion would all be good candidates for CTT.
As part of your CTT studies at FLSM you will learn to focus your attention on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia and apply deep, slow strokes to release muscle tension and provide other benefits to your future clients.

To learn more about the modalities we teach at FLSM, check out our course descriptions page or give us a call at 1-866-334-3348.

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