I have worked with that therapist and received several massages from him over 3 and a half years. I respect his work and am very well acquainted with his style, so I planned to do the opposite style. The client asked for a Deep Tissue massage for headaches and shoulder tension. My typical MO for those issues is to start with Myofascial release with some cervical stretching, focusing on slow, deep, dry drags. Thankfully, the client in question was running late, so I got a chance to confer with my colleague prior to meeting her. He told me that he had done slow, deep, drags on the back and shoulders and that instead, she wanted something that "Felt more like a massage."
Once I had the chance to interview the client and get to work, I adopted a smooth, flowing, heavy handed Swedish style technique with plenty of thumbs. I tried not to dwell in any one place with sustained pressure, but kept moving with a moderate pressure over larger areas. The ironic thing is that I was doing an impression of the first therapist's usual technique, which the client loved, and he had done MY usual thing, which she hated.
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