Deep Tissue brings you in contact with the deeper layers of musculature that are not addressed in Swedish Massage. This modality deals with specific muscle groups and begins to work with chronic pain. The techniques work deeper in the body and are more invasive; therefore additional knowledge is required by the therapist. It becomes important to know where the muscle originates and attaches, as well as what nerves pass through these muscles. It becomes important to know about certain anatomical parts that would be in danger if too much pressure were placed there. Areas like the popliteal area, the soft area behind the knee, the region of the kidneys and the styloid process to name just a few.
Deep Tissue paves the way into neuromuscular work, which is searching for the active trigger points. Trigger points are basically sites of dysfunction at cellular level. It is a site of damage in the tissue, which the body has tried to protect by forming a spasm in order to protect the area from further injury. Often, even when the injury has healed, one may continue to have pain because the body has not released the protective spasm. Neuromuscular work addresses these issues by searching out trigger points which are generally found in tight and painful tissue which often emit referral pain to some other part of the body.