Before a deep tissue massage, you will have to discuss your pain areas with your healer. A deep tissue massage is often a full body massage that focuses solely on a particular area. You will begin lying on your back or abdomen underneath a sheet. It is up to you to what level you undress unless the therapist provides you with sanitary underwear.
Deep tissue massage begins like a relaxation massage where the muscles have to be warmed up. Your therapist can begin to massage deep into your painful areas. He/she can use his/her forearms, elbows, palms, fingertips, and knuckles to extend the level of pressure.
It is vital to communicate with the therapist concerning the extent of pressure at different areas where you can endure pressing in order to avoid discomfort. Do not hesitate to talk with the healer before and throughout the massage. Some massage therapists find that pain is not effective and expect you to tell them if you cannot tolerate the pressure.
You should expect an amount of soreness within the days following your deep tissue massage. Your healer may suggest treatment with heat, ice or some physical exercises to stretch your muscles.