Deep tissue massage is a type of therapeutic massage technique that focuses on targeting the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues in the body. It is designed to alleviate chronic muscle tension, knots, and adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can develop due to various factors such as poor posture, repetitive motions, or injuries.
During a deep tissue massage, a massage therapist uses firm pressure and slow, deliberate strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. They may use their fingers, thumbs, hands, elbows, or forearms to apply the pressure. The therapist will work across the muscle fibers and often against them to break up adhesions and restore proper movement.
Deep tissue massage can be intense and may cause some discomfort or tenderness, especially in areas where there are muscle knots or tension. However, it is important to communicate with the therapist and let them know if the pressure is too intense or if you experience any pain that feels beyond your comfort level.