Sean McCoy LMT

Deep Therapy Bodywork

The Touch That Hurts So Good!

Consider your massage needs, and the following two statements:

 #1 “I have one specific issue or area that needs special attention. But I want a deep massage all over.”

Sound like you? My Custom Massage is probably all that is in order.
A Custom Massage blends in Deep Therapy techniques and intensity levels to address that specific issue or area, but otherwise, the Deep Tissue tools and techniques are kept at a level that promotes deep relaxation to a hypnotic degree. You will feel so relaxed, carefree and ready to take on the world.

#2 “I have a serious issue (or issues)
I need those issue(s) worked.
IF…there is any time left, sure:
massage what is left.”

If this is you, you are in the right place.

This type of bodywork involves much more focus and intensity. The tools tend to be more direct and firm in nature (ie. Elbows, knuckles & fists). The techniques used are applied with great intensity. The various “shades” of intensity, with the tools have an amazing feel on the muscles and joints. The tools have a rapid effect; providing long term pain relief and promoting minimal scar tissue development in beneficial orientations. 

Deep Therapy is great for the following:


  • Chronic Pain: Life in the 21st Century poses unique postural challenges resulting in chronic holding & tension, resulting in: hitches, locks, freezes, sharp pain upon movement and often continual dull pain even during rest.
  • Injury Recovery: Life in the Sonoran desert invites people to enjoy the great outdoors by running, biking, hiking, kayaking, etc.
    That also means tripping, falling, twisting, straining and spraining. Reduce recovery times by as much as 50% by including massage in your recovery plan.
  • Surgical Rehabilitation: Surgery is often the only way some issues can be addressed. In addition to Physical Therapy, regular massage will help you recover, and even improve, upon your original range of motion. With your doctor’s approval, massage will reduce pain in post operative tissues. It will reduce scar tissue buildup. It will stop & reduce cross fiber binding as a result of subdural scar tissue. And, as a Medical Massage Practitioner, it might even be covered by your insurance.

Waaay More Details About Deep Therapy Bodywork...

Myofascial Tissue

Here is some insight as to the what, why and how of your body and deep therapy…

Like an onion, your body is comprised of layers. Layer, upon layer, upon layer.  Traditionally, we think layers of skin, fat, muscle and then bone. But permeating all those layers, acting like a wrapper for every single component of tissue: myofascial tissue

Sometimes wrapped tight (like the retinaculum giving shape to your neck, wrists and ankles). Other times, it is like a satin sheet wrapping each muscle. Allowing every muscle to glide with minimal friction over each other during movement.

But that same myofascial tissue also can become the bane of your existence.

Myofascial tissue serves as a moldable, yet ever firming apparatus designed to support the strenuous activities that we perform repeatedly every minute of every day. But, as those minutes and hours become months and years your myofascial support system can actually limit your true range of motion. And it can impinge nerves, causing pain and numbness, when trying to move beyond the limits of your “myofascial body cast.” 

Evident when people with very muscular upper bodies attempt to reach their arms above their heads. The facial grimace exposes the pain occurring when moving beyond the limits of the myofascial shell created as a by product of supporting an otherwise strong upper body physique.

Deep Therapy Bodywork warms, loosens then breaks down myofascial buildup. It frees awkwardly bound tissue, allowing all tissues, to return to “normal position” to improve circulation, stop nerve compression and impingement. It stretches, rolls, vibrates and shakes muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin to free tension, increase circulation, restore movement and create that somatic sense of “Feeling Awesome” not just while on the table, but for days, weeks and even months to follow.


Computer Posture

The computer revolution has brought with it “Computer Posture”. Holding a pose wherein the hands are at some distance out in front of the body, as is the head. The head is also probably rotated 2-3 degrees off center to support reaching for a mouse, tapping or changing gears.
This extended, habitual holding pattern results in horrible pain, just under the shoulder blade near the mid back.

Why? Because the iliocostalis cervicus muscle fibers are so exhausted from having to suspend the cranium in a forward position, that the body has allowed excessive buildup of myofascial tissue surrounding the muscle fiber origin & insertion points. This myofascial tissue is good in that in helps hold these postures for extended periods of time. But bad in that now, along multiple points of the path of the muscle fibers, there are adhesions of the myofascial tissue to surrounding tissues. Just like scar tissue. And when these cross-tissue adhesions form: a common side effect is impingement/compression of a nearby nerve.

In the case of iliocostalis as it pulls on trapezius or the rhomboids, the brachial plexus nerve will manifest how angry it is with numbness, tingling and even sharp stabbing pains in the arms & fingers. So often it is NOT carpal tunnel syndrome. It is your iliocostalis fibers becoming essentially, glued to your rhomboid and/or  trapezius fibers in such a way that now the brachial plexus is like a shirt half tucked in & half out of your underwear…

That ain’t all…

The cross fiber adhesions can even affect the subscapularis muscle. And when the stiffness of the myofascial buildup gets to this point: the usual side effect is sharp, painful breathing. Complaints of a specific pain point just under the shoulder blade almost at the spine. So much pain, that it is difficult to maintain a stationary position, much less sleep. Sound familiar?
Believe me: You may need only one session. 

Relax the muscles, release the adhesions; and your slightly out of joint rib will naturally return to a comfortable position. Often times, the client can feel the natural adjustment occurring while the work is being done. It can be euphoric, like the moment that loose baby tooth finally pulls free.

Please Note: Deep Therapy bodywork is not for everyone. Nor is it the right solution for every issue. The techniques involved can be painful. They can cause bruising, and even mild muscle strain.

That is NOT what my Deep Therapy is about. Just because these techniques can be brutal, doesn't mean they have to.

My Deep Therapy is most effective when it "Hurts So Good". That means, that the technique is applied in such a way that you feel the positive effects, without overloading pain receptors. By working in this "Hurts So Good" range, your body will receive the changes, without retaliating with an inflammatory response (so typical in other deep tissue massages).
I will talk to you about how to achieve this "Hurts So Good" experience level that will leave you feeling as good as possible - and amazed at just how good that could be.