Is It Supposed to Hurt When You Get a Deep Tissue Massage?

If you are contemplating some deep tissue massage in the Jacksonville area, but you keep hearing advice warning you that it might hurt, you need to take a bit of time to learn more about deep tissue massage in general.

One of the first things to learn is that its name is serious – it is meant to focus in on the deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle. It was created to overcome chronic pain or aches due to areas of contraction. For example, someone with a stiff neck or stiff upper back may often benefit from deep tissue massage that focuses on the muscle tightness in that area.

A professional at deep tissue massage uses identical moves as classic massage, but it is slower and applies a lot more pressure. Before treatment, you are going to talk to the professional about areas of pain or tension, and their work is actually going to overcome what is known as areas of adhesion.

As one professional masseuse wrote, “When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.”

That means that they are going to do work that relaxes you and then starts to break apart the adhesions. And because of this, there may be moments of a deep tissue massage that you feel a bit of discomfort or pain. The good news is that the best providers of massage are often able to read their client’s bodies and know immediately if the pain will occur or is occurring. However, if you are feeling pain, you must speak up and communicate that to your massage provider.

Though they are professionals, they do not mind readers, and if something is outside of your comfort range for more than a moment, it is your job to let them know.

And what about pain afterward? Most say that they feel stiffness and soreness that fades within a day or two – and usually limits itself to the areas where the greatest tension had existed before the massage treatment.

If this sounds appealing to you (and it does to most!), you will want to get in touch with us at and book your deep tissue massage with one of the massage experts.

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