What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage does what it says "on the tin" ‐ it is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.

Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower and firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments ‐ deep finger pressure that concentrates on particular areas, and follows or goes across the fibers of muscles and tendons.

Deep tissue massage is a blanket term that describes a number of different therapies, and is often used medically by physiotherapists, chiropractors and so on.

What is a deep tissue massage good for

Deep tissue massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around your body. This gets rid of toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal.

Deep tissue massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and "knots" deep in the muscles.

Before you go

The aim of deep tissue massage is not to leave you feeling relaxed and full of bliss; it tends to tackle particular physical, muscular problems. You're unlikely to be lost in an ocean of private serenity, so you can plan to go back to work, drive, or go out afterwards without feeling you'll have ruined it for yourself!


  • Always let your therapist know if you:
  • are, or think you might be, pregnant
  • have a history of heart or respiratory problems
  • have problems with your joints
  • have any skin allergies or conditions
  • have recently had surgery, or are prone to or recovering from injury
  • you have any other medical condition, or are receiving treatment of any kind as this might affect thli kind of treatment you can have, or on what areas of your body the therapist can work on.

Deep tissue massage is also not recommended for people with acute or long term mental health problems. As with any massage, it's a good idea to avoid big meals and alcohol beforehand. You should also drink plenty of water before and after the massage.


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