deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is beneficial for relieving chronic pain, decreasing stress and tension, and improving overall wellbeing. 

A scientific article on the benefits of deep tissue massage for pain relief can be found in the National Library of Medicine, titled “Effect of Massage Therapy on Pain and Depression in Chronic Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial ” (2020). 

The results of the review showed that deep tissue massage was associated with significant improvements in pain, anxiety, and stress in patients with chronic low back pain. Furthermore, the authors concluded that deep tissue massage may be an effective intervention for pain relief in patients with chronic low back pain

So What Does a Deep Tissue Massage Do?

This type of massage helps to reduce chronic pain and tension in the muscles and help people heal from other chronic ailments. It can provide relief from headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain. It’s a type of massage therapy that focuses on the deep layers of muscle and connective tissue in the body to improve posture, and reduce inflammation.

1. Can Treat Chronic Pain

Deep tissue massage therapists use slow, deep strokes and firm pressure to intentionally target fascial restrictions (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). This type of massage helps to release adhesions (knots) and can be especially useful for treating the issues that cause chronic pain.


2. Is Beneficial For Stress Reduction

Deep tissue massage helps to reduce stress and improve relaxation. The massage encourages increased circulation and oxygenation of the muscles, which helps to improve mood and reduce anxiety. 

3. Improves Mobility

Deep tissue massage helps to improve range of motion and flexibility. It can help to improve posture and reduce stiffness in the muscles and joints. 

How Painful Is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Because deep tissue massage can break up scar tissue,  this type of massage can be quite intense. However, it shouldn’t be super painful, and you should definitely talk to your therapist during your massage to tailor your session to your individual needs. You shouldn’t have to tense up in order to get through your session and that can in fact can be counter productive to your massage therapy experience, as we are trying to reduce the amount of strain and tension in your body, not create more of it. 

People who receive deep tissue massages sometimes report feeling soreness during and after the massage, but this usually goes away within a day or two.

What is a Deep Tissue Massage Vs. Regular?

Regular massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on manipulating superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is typically referred to as relaxation massage, and is beneficial for reducing stress, improving circulation, and helpinng relax the body. Unlike deep tissue massage, regular massage is not intended to target specific areas of discomfort, is more general in nature and is found more often in a spa type environment.

How Often Should You Get a Deep Tissue Massage?

Our clients usually come in once a week and after about 3-5 sessions most people are out of pain. But that’s usually where the real work begins which is to fix the root issue. That’s really the threshold for where the work truly begins. Most people and practitioners stop when the pain stops, but what they don’t realize is that the pain only comes back after that because the root issue was left unaddressed. It usually takes people an additional 3 sessions to really address the root cause entirely, which is where people actually experience lasting results. 

Another important thing to keep in mind,  is that if you start to going more than two weeks between sessions, chances are, you are almost guaranteed to see no progress at all,  and we’re not going to be able to help you reach your pain goals.


Overall, deep tissue massage can be a great way to reduce pain, reduce stress, and improve mobility. For those looking for a good massage to help with chronic pain or stress, deep tissue massage is a great option.

Immerse Modern Massage’s massage service helps people with pain by utilizing advanced massage techniques and customized pressure levels to target the areas of the body that are causing pain. These techniques are designed to reduce pain and tension in the muscles and improve circulation, while providing a sense of relaxation.

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