Deep Tissue Massage
The aim of deep tissue massage is to restore structural alignment and balance within the body by releasing chronic tensions, formed by deep muscular tension, which inhibit postural ease and movement. It works mainly on the body's connective tissue, or fascia which wraps, binds supports and separates all the internal structures, including the skeletal bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs. This muscular armour in the body may be the result of injury, habitual bad posture, or repression of emotions.
Deep tissue massage strokes manipulate the fascia by the action of friction and stretching, releasing blocks that impede the flow of energy.
Massage therapists may use thumbs, fingers, knuckles and forearms to stretch and manipulate the fascia.