Techniques that utilize deep tissue, or deep muscle massage are applied to affect the sub-layer of deeper muscles, fascia, and tendons. These techniques require a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology.

The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practioner from reaching deeper levels. It helps with chronic muscular pain caused by arthritis, and muscle injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation and related pain caused by arthritis and muscle injury resulting in severely contracted muscle tissues and tendinitis.

It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. One such technique is myofascial release, which is a connective tissue that acts like an "internal sweater," that covers all of your muscles and organs. This requires using long, deep stretching movements which cause the fascia to release and relax and to realign in correct formation with your muscle tissues. Deep tissue work and myofascial release techniques go hand-in-hand with the healing process.



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