Deep tissue massage is not for everyone. Just as it sounds, this type of massage features a massage therapist who goes deeply into each sore muscle, reaching as far down through the muscle to the bone as possible. This can help to release scar tissue and assist in relaxing tightly knotted muscles that can cause chronic neck and upper back pain. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage.
In this type of massage, it is crucial that you speak up while you are on the table. While this is not the same type of deeply relaxing massage as a Swedish massage, you should not be in so much pain that you cannot let your knotted muscles release. At Spa Imbue we are happy to vary their levels at your request, including starting lightly and going deeply over the course of the massage.
Deep tissue massage is excellent for people with chronic pain due to a build-up of scar tissue or those with stiff, painful areas in the neck, shoulders, and back. You should expect to feel sore for a few days after the massage, but a warm bath with Epsom salts can help with that.