Deep Tissue Massage


Deep tissue massage therapy shares many similarities with Swedish. However, the fundamental difference is the level of pressure. Deep tissue massage may use the same kneading and stroking movements but with a far more pressure which can even be painful. Furthermore, the therapist may employ special techniques that involves fingertips, knuckles, hands, forearm, and elbow to reach and stretch that deep layers of skin and tissues. Deep tissue massage techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. They have been a common means of treating musculoskeletal disorders for generations.

At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied. Common techniques include:

  • Stripping: Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
  • Friction: Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers.

Deep tissue massage techniques have been used for centuries, but there were no solid guidelines and procedures. However, not until the mid 1900s, a Canadian doctor, Therese Phimmer, is credited with establishing deep tissue massage. Her book, Muscles-Your Invisible Bonds, became the cornerstone of the treatment and served as a how-to manual for many of the first massage therapists.

Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. Deep tissue massage is primarily used to treat chronic pain and muscle and sports-related injuries.


Le Spa Massage Academy offers a 2-day training course covering all the fundamentals of Deep Tissue Massage. The course starts with a theoretical session followed by extensive hours of practical training. This will provide attendants  many techniques for different cases that focus on specific problematic areas.

On top of that, Le Spa Massage Academy brings you the unique combination of Western and Eastern benefits. Western massage methods focuses on the stimulation different soft tissues in the body; from muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, fibrous tissues, fat, blood vessels, and synovial membranes, while Eastern methods focuses on assessing and restoring the vital flow of energy through “meridians” or energy channels. It also delicately blends the use of deep breathing, aromatherapy, along with complementing touch and other external senses of sight, sound, smell and taste.


The course is recognised by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), of which Le Spa Massage Academy is a Platinum Training Provider. Once you have graduated with your Professional Certificate in Deep Tissue Massage, you are eligible to join IICT and gain professional membership which offers members with various benefits.

This course is also a pathway to HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy or the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage.


  • History of massage therapy
  • Types of massage and massage techniques
  • Basics of anatomy and physiology
  • Benefits and contradictions
  • Principles of good massage practice
  • Posture of massage therapists
  • Consultation and assessment
  • Grooming standards
  • Rapping standards
  • Communication for massage therapists
  • Preparation for massage equipment and amenities
  • Deep Tissue massage sequence


Le Spa Massage Academy will conduct assessments towards the end of the course. Trainees will receive a certificate once competently pass all relevant assessments.


Previous completion or experience in Swedish Massage/Relaxation Massage is required for this course. Please refer to our Swedish Massage course.


  • 2 official training days (20 hours) plus extra 30 practical hours if needed
  • Time: 9am-5pm


  • 3 large-sized towels and 2 small-sized towels
  • Your lunch
  • Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the course


Comfy outfits and short nails


Price: $440

Early-bird bookings (4 weeks in advance) receive a 10% discount


08/31 Black Street, Milton, Queensland, 4064

Getting there:

  • Train: 7 mins from Central Station to Milton Station
  • Bus: 14 mins from Roma Street (Stop 138) near Ann Street to Milton

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Kim has almost two decades of experience in working and managing top 5-star day-spa resorts in different countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea and Australia. With formal qualifications including Diploma in Remedial Massage, Kim’s main goal is to ensure that her students have sufficient practical experience to succeed in their new careers.



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