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Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy, and today we're going to talk about deep tissue massage of the Illiotibial Band, or IT Band as it's known. For this, you will need massage lotion, a massage table and work space. The IT Band runs along the side of the leg here and it starts at the tensor fasciae latae and the muscle up here on the side of the hip and it comes down and through all the way down the leg and attaches down here right below the knee. As it shifts from the tensor fasciae latae muscle, it turns into a sheath of thick connective tissue. So, it's not really a muscle and a lot of times people say, "God, I feel tight that muscle is on my leg." And it's not a muscle, it's a band of connective tissue. And connective tissue has different qualities than muscle. It has, it's made up of collagen fibers and collagen fibers can get really sticky and dense and thick. And that's why whenever you're working with the IT band, you always want to warm it up a lot first because it can be very very tender, contain a lot of trigger points and be painful for the patient or the client. Whenever I'm doing deep tissue massage, usually what I want to do is I sue a lotion rather than an oil because it gives me a little bit of the ability to glide deeper and slower. When you're working with deep tissue work, remember, you want to set your intention and work slowly and gently. Talk to your client about giving you a feedback. "So, does that hurts anywhere 'cause a lot of times this is tender? Let me know, okay?" This is usually a hot better trigger points for a lot of people. So, make sure you warm it up nicely before you get in there. Now, when you're working with deep tissue work, you can use your thumbs through here and just, you want to go really slow. You're just kind of breaking that up, smoothing it out. You can also use your fists. So, you want to keep that alignment with your wristery. Get in here, go all the way down and again, through here. Oftentimes, the IT band will have adhesions with the muscle tissue in the hamstrings here too and in the quads. So, breaking that up and opening that up through here can be very helpful. Going real slow and deep and actually, at home you would probably want to go even slower than what I'm doing for this demonstration. Another thing you can do is cross fiber friction where you're going against the way that the fibers run. That helps break things up and soften it and that's good for that. And then again, going through there and lengthening and stretching and smoothing out those tissues and that IT band. And that's how you want to deep tissue massage in the IT band.