What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage in that similar strokes are used, but at a much slower tempo and with more force applied. The deeper pressure is more effective for releasing tension in the denser deeper muscle layers of the body.  

The focus of this technique is to penetrate through the surface layers of the skin and muscle fibres to the deeper layers of muscle, fascia (connective tissue) and tendons. The technique incorporates long, slow deep strokes following the direction of the muscle fibres. Deep tissue massage is applied with a firm to very firm pressure.

At the Massage and Movement Company deep tissue massage is not usually offered as a stand-alone treatment but is incorporate into either a remedial or Swedish massage.  As your therapist I will usually begin by warming the area to be massaged up with some Swedish relaxation techniques before applying deep tissue massage techniques. I may also, with your consent, apply Trigger Point Therapy as I work through the deeper layers of muscles and find trigger points, or knots, in the muscle layers.

It’s really important for you to communicate with me through the deeper work in a Deep Tissue Massage. As your therapist I will work to the level of pressure I feel the muscle needs, however, I cannot feel your pain. The saying “pain is only weakness leaving the body”, doesn’t apply here. 

While deep tissue massage may involve some level of discomfort, most clients refer to this as “good pain” or “therapeutic pain”, and breathwork can be used to relieve the more painful areas. However, at no time should you experience “extreme” or “unbearable” pain. If the pressure and technique is so painful you are no longer able to relax into it and breath through it, please inform me so I can modify the technique and / or pressure.


What is it good for?

Deep Tissue Massage is a great choice if you suffer from:

  • Muscle tension
  • Postural problems that lead to chronically shortened muscles
  • Scar tissue & adhesions
  • Headaches caused by neck tension
  • Lower Back pain caused primarily by muscle tension and / or fascial sling disorders
  • Myofascial pain syndrome (trigger point syndrome)
  • Fibromyalgia*

* at certain times only, please speak to your therapist before proceeding.