The primary goal: Reducing chronic pain and discomfort while improving the body’s ability to heal itself. Deep tissue work creates micro-tears in the fascia, which fill with elastin and collagen in about three days, creating muscles that are more supple, flexible and have greater range of motion.
Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Sometimes this technique involves using slower, firmer pressure in order to reach these focused areas and get them to release, which is why this particular massage is oftentimes recommended if you are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch.
The belief that deep pressure equals pain is a myth, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer.