Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia.
This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles.
Deep tissue massage is therapeutic and very specifically targets a particular muscle or muscle group. Sometimes it’s used to mean “sustained pressure”, when clients want to indicate their preference for a stronger massage.
Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.
This labour intensive technique targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the surface of your body. For instance, there are five layers of muscles in a person’s back. While relaxation massage may help the first couple of layers, it won’t do much for the muscle underneath.
Deep muscle techniques usually involve slow strokes or friction movements across the grain of the muscles. Massage therapists will use their fingers, thumbs, extended hands or occasionally even elbows and forearms to apply the right amount of pressure.
Afterwards, patients might experience some localised muscular ache for a day or two.