Deep Tissue Massage: Why is it so effective?

Like its name suggests, Deep-Tissue Massage targets your body’s deepest layers of muscle and releases tension in overstressed areas. When your muscles are severely knotted, this therapeutic treatment is designed to break it up.

  • Deep-tissue massage uses a mix of slow, short, strokes and penetrating finger pressure focused on tight, contracted areas.
  • Thumbs, forearms, and even elbows are used to work muscle tissue, free up restrictions, improve mobility, and relieve tension.

Though performed lying down, deep-tissue is not a massage modality that typically has people drifting off to sleep during the treatment. This therapeutic treatment may just be for you if you know how much it will benefit your body and mind.

Here’s how:

Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, this is for you. Deep tissue massage increases blood flow in the body which in turn reduces inflammation. The inflammation is what is causing pain, so that helps relieve it. It also helps the muscle tension that comes with dealing with pain.

Blood Pressure

If you have blood pressure problems, deep tissue massage can help. For a myriad of reasons, including easing stress, breaking up tension in the muscles, raising serotonin levels and improving blood flow, people who have had a deep tissue massage saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure drop an average 5.3 mm Hg.

Scar Tissue

If you have scar tissue from surgery or from an injury, regular deep tissue massage helps to break up and sometimes minimize scar tissue in the body. Studies have shown that the body uses the improvement in lymphatic circulation and drainage to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area. If you have scar tissue you know that it can cause ongoing pain, stiffness and tension. This modality can be very effective.

Injured Muscles

If you have injured muscles in your body, deep tissue massage can be an effective way to help them heal. Receiving a Deep Tissue Massage helps facilitate the movement of the muscles and joints, and helps stretch tight muscles, as well as improve blood flow to affected areas.


Last, but not least, deep tissue massage is fantastic for people who suffer from chronic stress. Stress causes tension headaches, rigid shoulders and tight muscles. A good deep tissue massage will relax the muscles and let you relax.

Find out more about deep tissue massage today!

Also, learn more about how massage in combination with Assisted Stretching can help you!