A deep tissue massages uses firm pressure and slow strokes to massage deep layers of muscle and fascia. Deep tissue massages are primarily used to treat chronic pain, muscle and sports-related injuries. The deep tissue massage targets the inner layers of your muscles to reduce pain, relieve stress and break up scar tissue.


The common techniques used in deep tissue massage therapy include stripping, which is deep pressure that glides along the length of your muscle fibers and friction, which applies pressure across the grain of your muscle to break up adhesions and align tissue fibers.