Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Deep Tissue massage is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, Deep tissue massage isn't the same as having a regular massage with deep pressure.
Deep Tissue strokes are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
At the beginning of the massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prep the muscles. Different techniques are then applied depending on the individuals needs.