Deep tissue massage, as the name suggests, is digging deep into the rigid muscles and fascia to release the knots formed inside them causing pain and suffering. Different techniques, such as stripping, and friction are used to break down muscles and scar tissues (not as scary as it sounds though!) to relieve the muscles of knots and adhesions formed deep inside them
With the daily wear and tear or after an injury, certain knots or blockages gets formed in the deep muscle and surrounding fascia, restricting the blood flow to the affected muscles. This blockage causes extreme discomfort, limits movements and causes severe pain. If left unattended, these blockages cause severe inflammation. Deep tissue massage treats the root cause of the problem thus providing long-lasting relief.
A therapist would start with light movements giving enough time to the body and the muscles to warm up. Once the body and muscles are relaxed and responding, the therapist will move ahead with slow but focused strokes. The initial strokes would free out minor adhesions and stiffness surrounding the muscles and then the therapist would start digging deep to find knots. For this, the therapist may use deep pressure either across the length of muscle fibres or across the grain of muscles, these techniques are called stripping and friction, respectively. In deep tissue massaging, the therapist uses forearms, fingertips, knuckles, hands and elbows to work on deep muscles.
During this massage, as the therapist applies concentrated pressure, the fascia responds to it by softening and stretching. The deep pressure restores the rigid muscles by removing knots, allowing better blood flow and flushing out of metabolic waste.