Deep Tissue: Similar to Swedish, slow firm strokes are used during this type of massage, which focuses on deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue (fascia) and other structures. Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and its fascia. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work; however, this type of massage can also be very relaxing, as long as the superficial muscles are warmed up. Though it may not always be intense during a session, it is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly.
**The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with deep pressure massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. When a client asks for a massage and uses the term “deep tissue”, more often than not he or she is seeking to receive a full-body session with sustained deep pressure throughout. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform and might lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive.