The practitioners of connective tissue massage claims that it can treat or cure various ailments by releasing connective tissue that has grown stuck to its surroundings. Connective tissue is one of the basic types of tissue in the human body, with the other three being muscle tissue, nervous tissue and epithelial tissue.
Modern CT massage was developed in the 1930s by MD’s and physical therapists at the University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany.
Examples of ailments that practitioners of CT massage typically claim to be able to treat:
- Circulatory issues
- Scarring after surgery
- Scarring after injury, including burn injury
- Athletic injuries
- Tendon issues
- Joint issues
CT massage is a tough massage form that can actually be a bit painful, both when administered and afterwards. Exactly how tough the massage is varies quite a lot from one practitioner to the next, with some CT massage therapists even claiming that pain is a sign of an improperly administered massage.
The idea with CT massage is to loosen stuck connective tissue, increase blood circulation and make the skin more flexible. This in turn is believed to release tensions and improve various health conditions, including many painful ones.
CT massage treatments will always start centrally, close to where nerves emerge from the spine. The therapist will then gradually work their way towards the periphery. Regardless of where you are experiencing symptoms, you can expect to receive a lot of massage on the central parts of your body before any peripheral areas are tended to.
Examples of peripheral treatments that are only carried out after a more central area has been treated:
- Leveling chest strokes
- Shoulder and neck treatment
- Scapula treatment
- Elbow treatment
- Hip treatment
- Thigh and knee treatment
- Facial treatment
- Hand treatment
- Foot treatment
Body reading is an important part of CT massage. The therapist explores the body to discovered where problematic changes in the connective tissue have occurred.