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 and/ 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, knuckles, the entire hand, massage stones, or massage tools, such as the Acuforce pictured here. It is the perfect massage tool to use at home, and saves wear on wrists and hands..
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.
If the massage is concentrated on certain troubled areas, such as the neck or back, the session may only be 30 minutes, but it can also be 60 or 90 minute treatment..
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.
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, swedish therapy protocol.