Deep tissue massage is a style of massage that is usually performed to fix a painful muscle problem and release chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and past injuries. A deep tissue massage is very site specific, using much more pressure than with a Swedish massage. The massage therapist uses thumbs, knuckles, an elbow or even massage pressure tools to get to the deep muscle or fascia tissue. These deep tissue massages release stress, allowing your muscles to finally relax. Even though you will feel better after one massage session, deep tissue problems need to be addressed with multiple sessions in order to retrain the problem muscles.
Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the session, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that have been released from the tissue during the session.