While most massage therapists can incorporate deep pressure in an Integrated Wellness Massage, true deep tissue work is a special therapy that encourages release of physical pain, trauma and stiffness. Old injuries or chronic physical conditions are good candidates for this type of work. Deep Tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. The movement is slower and the pressure can vary and is concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
A well-trained deep tissue therapist will not cause pain, though the work is often more intense than tranquil. Instead we work with our clients to find their edge and locate the source of the body’s discomfort. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
For more information on Deep Tissue vs. Deep Pressure visit our Pressure Scale page.