Deep tissue massage is a more intensive massage than a relaxation massage, with the purpose of relieving tension and release knotted tissue.

What some people may expect, though, is an aggressive knuckles and elbows massage. The reality is that massage recipients generally need to condition their bodies for that type of massage first. Once the muscles are used to regular massage manipulation, it’s easier to delve into deep tissue therapy.

Going straight into this type of therapeutic massage can lead to unnecessary discomfort during and after the massage. In cases where it might be a person’s first experience with therapeutic massage, that’s a good way to scare people off and prevent ideal healing.

Other massage techniques, such as soft cupping, can ease the rest of the massage process by preparing a tight area for manual pressure. This is ideal for when you have serious knots that would otherwise be uncomfortable to rely solely on hand massage to work out.