Deep tissue massage is used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. The purpose of deep tissue massage is to “unstick” the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and chronic muscle tension, or adhesions, also known as “knots.” Cross-fiber friction is intended to break down existing and forming adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments using compression and motion. It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise and stretching, working on one’s posture and movement, relaxation techniques, and a regular program of massage. “Deep tissue” should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint.