Deep tissue massage employs a number of the same strokes utilized in classic massage therapy, but the massage therapist uses slower movements and adds pressure, especially on areas with greater tension. Through slow, deliberate, and high-pressure movements, the massage therapist addresses lower levels of muscle and the fascia, the connective tissues that surround the muscles. Individuals with chronic pain in their back, legs, neck, or shoulders will benefit the most from deep tissue massage, which can provide significant relief from daily aches.
Chronic muscle pain generally stems – at least in part – from adhesions or bands of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that remain rigid. Adhesions discourage proper circulation and limit movement, which can lead to inflammation. Deep tissue massage mechanically breaks down these adhesions to encourage circulation and movement.
Some people may experience pain or discomfort during a massage, which makes it important that the client communicate with the massage therapist. Individuals may experience stiffness for a day or so after the massage before experiencing the benefits of the session.