Deep tissue massage focuses on the realignment of the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles, referred to as connective tissue. It is particularly beneficial for muscular-skeletal disorders that result in chronic aches and pains. The intention is to release the fibers of the muscles and release chronic muscle tension, toxins and adhesions (bands of painful, unyielding tissue), also known as "knots."

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, adhesions often follow in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can decrease circulation and cause pain, restrict movement and cause inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions to help release pain and rehabilitate normal range of motion.