Deep tissue massage is focused on pain relief through manipulation of soft tissue including muscle and fascia. Muscles are worked in layers superficial to deep, which is how it got its name. Unlike Swedish massage, which has a relaxing effect and uses lighter pressure, deep tissue massage is done using strokes that are firm and slow, and may include elbow and deep finger pressure. This type of massage is ideal for the treatment of major muscle groups like the neck or lower back. It can also be used to relieve strain and treat injuries in your joints and tendons. Deep tissue massage is great if you’ve been experiencing chronic pain, have an injury, or lead an active lifestyle.
What sets deep tissue massage apart is its ability to impact the deeper layers of muscle and tissue. This means that getting a deep tissue massage is more about stimulation than relaxation. If you have regular aches and pains due to bad posture or stiffness/soreness because of the nature of your work, deep tissue massage can help relieve the pain and soreness. Deep tissue massage can also reduce internal scar tissue from injuries and improve movement. In addition, it can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis while lowering heart rate and blood pressure.