Intuition is somewhat of a blanket term for three distinct skills: intuitive touch, reading body language, and communication. Intuitive touch is the recognition of feedback - not necessarily from the person but from the tissue. Here are my thoughts on intuitive massage.
Deep pressure and relaxation are often considered antithetical to each other. Massage is often discussed as if it is either deep or it is relaxing and never both. Deep pressure and relaxation are inaccurately assumed incompatible with each other. Depth of the work is not a goal or a technique but something that comes about when a client is able to relax enough to allow for the pressure to go deep. Read more
I often think of myself as playing detective. I ask questions, I gather information, I refine those questions, I decipher the information I am given, and I help the client be witness to their body and pain. "Understanding" is from both the client and the therapist's perspective. Understanding is facilitated by the therapist via asking questions explicitly but also by intuiting what the client feels via body language. Read more