Deep tissue massage refers to the various massage styles that directly work with the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. The goal is to affect the various layers of fascia that support muscle tissue and to loosen the bonds between the layers of connective tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the release of muscular tension and adhesions. Adhesions obstruct circulation and cause pain by restricting movement and increasing swelling. The strokes used in Deep Tissue Massage are very similar to the ones used in Swedish massage, however, more pressure and cross fiber friction moves are utilized.
The main purpose of Deep Tissue Massage is both corrective and therapeutic at the same time. Deep Tissue Massage can help sufferers of chronic pain, ease fibromyalgia symptoms, reduce edema, and help alleviate muscle cramping. It can also help break up scar tissue from previous injuries and restore mobility. Postural problems, osteoarthritis pain and all repetitive motion injuries can be benefited by a Deep Tissue Massage.