Deep tissue massage aims to reduce pain and discomfort while improving the body’s ability to heal itself. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It stimulates blood flow and decreases psychological stress by releasing happy hormones like serotonin and oxytocin. Deep tissue massage has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. Using a slower and firmer touch, the muscles release and lengthen, decreasing tension and uncomfortable holding patterns in the body. Appropriate pressure is applied to promote healing of scar tissue as well as relief from pain due to soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions.