This massage is used to treat chronic muscle tension through slow strokes and direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain.
Deep tissue massage may help to break up and eliminate scar tissue. It is an excellent massage to help get rid of deep rooted knots especially in the neck and shoulders. On occasion it may cause some soreness during or right after the massage, however, you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
Deep tissue massage doesn’t have to hurt. The pressure can be firm enough for you to feel some benefit, but not so much that you’re in pain or feel extreme discomfort. There may be times when the area worked on may feel uncomfortable, but it should never be unbearable. You are in control, so please inform your therapist if the pressure isn’t to your liking.