Connective Tissue Massage Therapy
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Learn about the natural health benefits of Connective Tissue Massage Therapy & find an Connective Tissue Massage Therapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.


Fact:  Fascia, meaning ‘band’ (Latin), is a strong connective tissue which envelopes and isolates the muscles of the body, providing structural support and protection.
Founded By: German physical therapist Elizabeth Dicke in 1929
Therapy Type: Bodywork


Connective Tissue Massage Therapy | The Wellness DirectoryMassage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft-tissues of the body.  It helps to ease stress and muscular tension, relieve pain from injuries and speed healing from certain acute and chronic conditions.  The type of treatment also improves blood and lymph circulation bringing fresh oxygen and other nutrients to the affected tissues. This process helps to flush out the body toxins and enhance recovery.

Connective tissues protect the blood vessels by forming a layer around them.  These tissues fill the spaces within the body, between the muscles and fibers.
The foundation of connective tissue massage is comparable to reflexology in the sense that it treats the bodily holistically, rather than separate individual areas.  Additionally certain areas of the body can be treated, by using connective tissue massage on specific areas of the body.

Connective tissue massage endeavors to encourage blood circulation into constrained areas, thus promoting the ability to break down knots and scar tissue, relieve areas of stress, pain, tension and soreness, by reaching these deeper layers a new found improvement in mobility and range of motion attained.

In order to reach these deep layers of tissue the pressure applied during a connective tissue massage has to be more intense than traditional massage therapy.
Almost anyone can benefit from this type of massage.  It can be helpful for a wide variety of circumstances ranging from accidents to illnesses and managing stress.


C-Tissue Massage may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Addictions    
  • Allergies    
  • Asthma        
  • Anxiety            
  • Arthritis (& Rheumatoid)    
  • Back Pain            
  • Bladder/Kidney Problems        
  • Bronchitis                
  • Chemotherapy (Adverse Reactions)    
  • Childhood Illnesses            
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome        
  • Chronic Pain                
  • Colds/Flu                
  • Constipation                
  • Depression                
  • Diarrhoea                
  • Digestive Disorders            
  • Dizziness                
  • Frozen Shoulder            
  • Headaches/Migraines            
  • Heart problems
  • Hypertension/Hypotension
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Joint problems
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Muscle Stiffness/Spasms
  • Neck Pain/Stiffness
  • Paralysis/Numbness
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Stress – Emotional/Physical
  • Tendonitis
  • Vision Problems
  • Whiplash
  • Withdrawal Symptoms


Sessions typically last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.  The therapist will create an environment for your massage that is warm and relaxing.  Initially the therapist during your first appointment will need to ascertain details concerning your general health, sleep patterns, lifestyle and medical history.  To recommend a course of treatment and make a diagnosis of problem areas, the therapist will need to examine your body to discover muscle imbalances within the body.  It is advisable to wear loose clothing for optimal comfort on the massage table.

The focus for the massage therapist during your treatment is to release tension within the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (connective tissue).  To achieve this slower strokes are commonly used with the application of deep intense pressure.  By utilizing these types of strokes and intense pressure, the therapist is able to warm the tissue and reach deeper layers of muscle.  Upon finding a chronic knot (or adhesion as commonly referred) a therapist frequently suggests that you consider a lifestyle change, suggestions may include certain exercises that strengthen posture, movement, balance and relaxation.  The exercises aim to compliment your weekly massage sessions.  The techniques and strokes used within connective tissue massage differ from those utilized in conventional massage, due to this therapists seldom use lotions and oils. 

It is advisable to drink plenty of water after your massage as this type of therapy does dehydrate the body, you may also feel tired and sore afterwards, the therapist may advise you to apply an ice pack onto the treated areas.  Additionally further sessions and treatment will be discussed.


Most people find Connective Tissue Massage Therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body.  It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist.  It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ).  C-Tissue Massage Therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment.  These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.

The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region.  We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.

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