The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage and Why It’s Not for Everyone

Amy Montia, LMT performing Deep Tissue Massage at Physio Logic NYC in Brooklyn, NY.

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.