Deep tissue massage is often confused with deep pressure massage. Deep pressure massage means a constant, strong pressure throughout the session. Deep tissue massage can indeed have a significant amount of pressure, but the goal is always to treat ailments like chronic pain, recovery from injuries, limited mobility, postural problems, and muscles spasms.
Deep Tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, releasing adhesions (bands of rigid and 'stuck' tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation, causing pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep Tissue massage will start out light, to relax the surface muscles, then get deeper with a mix of techniques designed to break up adhesions, release muscle spasms, and increase circulation.
As the massage is meant to get down deep into the problematic area, it is common that the client will be a bit sore for a day or two afterwards. This is because massage is something of a passive workout. The muscles are being worked, and if they are not used to being manipulated then they will get sore just like an average physical workout.
Even though deep tissue massage is commonly thought of as a, 'no pain, no gain' type of massage, that is actually not the case. If you ever feel that the therapist is applying too much pressure, tell them right away. At Body Harmony, Inc. we are here to make you feel better, but also to make your whole experience a pleasant one.