Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, and patients who have sustained physical injury. The Therapist uses various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work.