Deep Tissue massage is an effective means of releasing chronic pain or tension in the body. The connective tissues of the body can become damaged through direct injury or chronic holding patterns. With that damage, the muscle tissue becomes shortened, pulling underlying structures out of alignment and causing pain in all directions and in areas far removed from the site of damage. Your therapist will use slow, firm pressure directed at the deep layers of the muscle. This type of massage helps to lengthen shortened muscle fibers, breaking up thickened areas and helping the tissue regain its elasticity. In addition, proper blood and oxygen flow is brought back to these tight muscles. The toxins that have been stored in those muscles are also released. When done properly, soreness from a Deep Tissue massage should not last longer than a few days.