Deep tissue massage techniques are administered to affect the deeper layers of musculature and fascia.
The practitioner first relaxes the superficial layers of muscle and fascia to gain access to and work with the deeper layers. Deep tissue massage can help with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and can also help to reduce inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.
The use of hot towels and specialized lotions can help the therapist to get to the deeper layers more efficiently and effectively. See more under Hydrotherapy.