Deep Tissue Massage is similar to Swedish massage but while, Swedish massage has a relaxing effect and uses lighter pressure, Deep Tissue Massage is done using deep finger pressure with strokes that are usually slower and firmer. This specific type of massage involves manipulation of the deep layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer of connective tissue surrounding muscles, bones and joints.
The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension and stimulating blood flow. It helps to break up scar tissue and physically break down the muscle knots or adhesions that can disrupt circulation, cause inflammation and pain, and limit range of movement. Deep tissue massages normally focus on the treatment of major muscle groups like the neck or lower back. Areas of the body that tend to tense up in times of stress, including the shoulders, neck and hips, can often benefit the most from this type of deep manipulation. It can also be used to relieve strain and treat injuries in joints and tendons.