Deep Tissue Massage involves the understanding of the layers of the body and the ability to work with tissue in these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible.
There is less emphasis on pleasure and more emphasis on altering structure and muscle resistriction. But thats not to say this work is not pleasureable. Clients refer to it as the "hurt so good." There is often a deeper feeling of relaxation after this type of work.
Each therapist has their own unique Deep Tissue Massage. The type I use begins with releasing the connective tissue layer 1st, called the myofacial level (see "what is myofacial?"). Then I use client breathing, slow work, joint/muscle movement, and stretching to help relax the muscles. It is also important to work all the muscles that control a joint because of the constant tug-of-war they play for control. This is what makes the work so effective.