Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the strokes are the same as those used in classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles.
There is large misconception of deep tissue connected with pain. The "no pain, no gain" attitude. When, in fact deep tissue should not be painful at all. When you are experiencing pain during a massage, your muscles tense up and treatment is not effective and can actually cause damage,including microscopic tears in the muscle fibers Which then will create more muscle, tendon and ligament strains/sprains creating more dis-function in the body.
I believe in a slow approach to deep tissue without the pain to provide effective treatment and encourage my clients to communicate their likes and dislikes during the session.
For more information on Deep Tissue massage, please visit the Deep Tissue Massage section of my Restorative massage page.