Deep Tissue Massage typically uses slower strokes with deeper pressure into the muscles to release tension and to break up scar tissue. It incorporates different massage techniques that are used on various layers of the fascia that surrounds our muscles.
This is one of the most popular types of massage therapy, often found in spas and private practices around the world. Usually, it is used to relieve pain in tight, tension-filled muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments or joints.
This massage treats muscles that are chronically tight or need a physiological release of tension. It can be given for the entire body or focused just on the back.
The therapist may use his/her thumb, finger, several fingers together, elbows, or the entire hand. The pressure may be light at first and gradually increase to a deeper pressure.
If the pressure causes pain to radiate to another area, the area is considered a trigger point. Many massage therapists have extensive training in trigger point release.
Trigger point therapy is often used in deep massage therapy. Trigger Point Therapy focuses on bands of muscle tissue that release when pressure is added and, in turn, returns the muscle to it's normal function.
Massage stones may also be used to encourage tight muscles to release and relax. You may also be interested in Deep Massage with Stones, which explains how massage stones are used to do deep massage work.
The treatment can be for the entire body or concentrated on certain troubled areas, such as the neck or back.
Specialized types of massage therapy, like deep tissue cost $65-$95 per hour, depending on the location and experience level of your therapist. Spas may actually charge higher prices, even $20-$30 more.
This is one of the best massage DVD's that teaches how to give a deep massage on the entire body, for effective relief of muscle pain and tension.
Read more about deep tissue using elbows, knuckles and thumbs here: http://www.massageandbodywork.com/Articles/FebMar2005/deeptissue.html
Many different types of massage therapy help to release stress and worry, but deep tissue releases muscle restrictions that cannot be relieved in a light, pampering therapy protocol.