Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses its attention primarily on the deeper layers of sore, sore, aching, and distressed muscle and connective tissue. Its therapeutic benefits are especially beneficial for chronically tight and constricted areas such as stiff neck, lower back tightness and shoulder pain. Deep Tissue massage strokes are not much different from any other type of massage therapy, but are slower and with more pressure applied to achieve deeper focus on problem areas. Deep Tissue Massage is so important in certain painful contractions and spasms due to stress, tension or injury because it is the only way to get to the root of the problem as it is buried deep beneath the surface where adhesions are the cause. and stiffness in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Left to their own devices, adhesions clog circulation to affected areas to restrict blood flow, leading to pain, restriction of movement, and ultimately inflammation. By applying firm pressure and direct friction through the grain and tissues of the muscles, Deep Tissue Massage aims to break up those troublesome adhesions to restore proper blood circulation, restore full movement and heal inflamed tissue.Therapists performing Deep Tissue Massage may use the fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms during the therapy session and alternate them during the different phases. Clients are often asked to take deep breaths while therapists dig deep into a particularly tight area. Since Deep Tissue massage is quite intense, it should not be applied under the following conditions: * Infectious skin diseases, rashes, bruises, inflamed skin, tumors or unhealed open wounds. * Immediately or soon after surgery or recent fractures. * Immediately or shortly after chemotherapy or radiation therapy, unless approved by client’s physician. * Patients with osteoporosis, unless authorized by the attending physician. * Clients prone to blood clots. * Patients with heart disease, unless recommended by their cardiologist. * Pregnant women should be massaged by certified pregnancy massage professionals. * Abdominal hernia. The good news is that deep tissue massage really does work and usually works very quickly. Often clients enter a session in excruciating pain and leave a few hours later with a relieved smile on their face. The bad news is that, depending on the level of pain tolerance, most clients experience it in some way at some point during the session. Also, there is usually some pain immediately after the treatment which can last up to a full day.However, the pain of deep tissue massage therapy and persistent pain after is nothing compared to the pain in front of the treatment and the realization that everything will be very short.