Widely used to treat chronic aches and pains, deep tissue massage is a popular form of massage therapy. This technique targets areas of tension or tightness by applying concentrated pressure to the sub-layer of muscles and fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles.
Many people consider a regular massage to be a relaxing body rub with calming music and an inviting fragrance. Amy Montia, PhD, LMT, and medical-massage practitioner at Physio Logic, says a deep tissue session may include those elements, but it’s not necessarily relaxing.
“The goal of a deep tissue massage is to support joint restrictions, knots, and adhesions in muscle and fascia,” says Montia. A deep tissue massage is a good option for someone with a decent tolerance for pain.
Find out what to expect during a deep tissue massage, plus the benefits and how it compares to Swedish massage.