In deep tissue massage, pressure and slow strokes are utilized to reach deep layers of muscles and connective tissues surrounding the muscles. It is used for chronic pains and aches and contracted areas like a stiff neck and back pain of both upper and lower, sore shoulder, leg muscle tightness. This massage mainly focuses on specific problems like chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, limited mobility, postural problems, etc.
Deep tissue massage is used to break the scar tissue and bodily break down muscle knots or bands of rigid, painful tissues, disrupting the circulation and leading to pain with a limited range of motion and inflammation. Some of the strokes might be similar to those used in Swedish massage therapy. During the starting of deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is usually applied to warm up and prepare the muscles. Specific common techniques are applied, which include
- Stripping – in this deep gliding pressure, is applied along the muscle fibers' length using elbow, forearm, thumbs, and knuckles.
- In this pressure, friction is applied across the grain of the muscle to release the chronic pain and realign the tissue fibers.
The therapists might use fingertips, elbows, knuckles, forearms, hands during this massage. After the massage, you might feel little stiffness or soreness, but it will subside within a day.