Deep Tissue massage its considered a form of Swedish Massage. Though traditional Swedish is usually associated with working within the superficial muscles and structures, deep tissue massage generally concentrates on the deeper underlying muscles, structures, fascia and connective tissues.
This form of massage is more focused with more intense pressure applied using slower deeper pressure in concentrated areas. It is common for the therapist to use hands, forearms or elbows to assist the body to release those chronically tight areas. Working slow and allowing the muscles to relax before moving on, usually reduces and sometimes eliminates the discomfort sometimes associated with Deep Tissue Massage.
Though Deep Tissue Massage can be intense or painful at times, it is important for you to feel free to speak up if the pressure is to much for you. Have the therapist stay within your comfort level so you can stay be relaxed during the massage.
Keep in mind it takes time and consistency for this type of massage to be effective. In general, it is unrealistic to expect immediate 100% relief from chronic tight muscles is just one session. (After all, those knots, adhesions, or tight muscles did not happen over night). It may take a couple sessions a few days apart to get expected results. As you invest in the time to build a rapport with the massage therapist and he/she gets to know you body as well as you comfort level, better results can be achieved.
After a Deep Tissue Massage, it is suggested to drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of water helps the body flush out the lactic acid that can be released from the tissue. Even if you drink plenty of water, sometimes you may feel soreness from the waste products flushed out from the tissue. The tenderness should pass within a day or two.
The next time you see your massage therapist, it is important to give honest feedback about the previous session. This gives the massage therapist a chance to adjust his/her massage technique and/or pressure. What the massage therapist experiences when working on a particular knot or adhesion can be completely different than what you are experiencing. Honest communication during the massage is key to a successful outcome.