Deep tissue massage is one of the most versatile and effective techniques for musculoskeletal complaints, but it is commonly misunderstood. Many clients often associate deep tissue massage with pain, hard or strong pressure, and often invasive massage techniques. Although there is a level of truth to this association, a good deep tissue massage session should not cause pain or discomfort. As a modality, deep tissue massage focuses on addressing the muscular complaints that are rooted in the deeper layers of the musculoskeletal system. The goals of deep tissue massage is to elongate chronically shortened muscles, release muscular tension, decrease muscular soreness and increase mobility.