Deep tissue massage targets the deep layers of muscle within the body and the fibrous connective tissue (fascia) that supports and protects the muscles. It focuses specifically on reaching below the superficial muscles and fascia to release muscle tension and chronic knots (or adhesions). It therefore involves a greater degree of intensity than a more relaxing Swedish massage.
Over time, deep tissue massage can break down and eliminate scar tissue that has built up from previous injuries or overuse. It also helps to relieve tension in the muscles and fascia by removing toxins. Other long-term benefits can include: pain relief, improved flexibility and suppleness, and improved mobility and posture.