Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It aims to release chronic (long term) patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes, and deep pressure on contracted areas of the muscle, tendons, and fascia. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue (e.g. from an injury or long term musculoskeletal problem) and may cause some soreness during or after the massage. However, you should feel much improved within a day or two.
Deep tissue massage can be combined with clinical sports massage to target specific injury sites for a long-term recovery. This is particularly useful after a hard training session, or a competition to help the removal of lactic acid from the muscles, and to reduce muscle soreness.
Deep tissue massage is particularly beneficial for individuals who have a specific problem area that they would like to treat e.g. sciatica or plantar fasciitis.