Deep tissue massage therapy focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The goals are to balance and decrease muscle tone, address postural concerns, and release chronic pain from muscles.
Deep tissue techniques are similar to those of Swedish massage, but the pressure is generally more intense, and designed for more focused and specific massage work. By working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows for more movement.
Each person experiences pressure differently. It is important to remember that increasing the pressure may result in some discomfort or pain however, if the pressure causes pain that becomes uncomfortable, causes you to hold your breath or resist the technique, it is most likely too much pressure. The RMTs will ask you, during the deep tissue treatment, about the pressure however, please feel free to communicate whether you would like the pressure adjusted. Every day your body is different, so what feels good one day may hurt the next. And, what one person calls deep tissue another will call light. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable during your massage.
Increasing the pressure and pain will not necessarily lead to eliminating knots in one treatment. Chronic knots and tension built up over time are best suited to an integrated program which may include postural analysis, exercise, and a regular massage therapy treatment plan.