Deep Tissue simply means your massage therapist is aiming to access deeper structures, closer to your bones than your skin.
This does not mean they have to press very hard. There is an important distinction to be made between depth and force when giving a massage. The amount of pressure your massage therapist uses to access any layer of tissue while working is dependent solely on your preference and tolerance of sensation.
Life can be painful and stressful enough, your massage shouldn’t be. While sometimes there may be discomfort there should not be pain, and there is a definite difference. If there’s anything that doesn’t feel good, is painful, or isn’t working for you, please let me know. Often bad massage experiences are a result of miscommunications, or a misunderstanding on the part of client, practitioner, or both that can be avoided by staying in communication.
When using Deep Tissue massage in the process of treating an injury there will always be a mix of very specific and more general work done. This is imperative in the process of healing. Working locally to assist the directly injured area is very important, and will be a priority. But it’s incomplete without also working to integrate the changes into the whole, so the body can acclimate to the changes and not react to them. This can include small, specific frictions, deep wide passes, pin-and-stretches, static pressure to release trigger points, and the use of hands, knuckes, elbows, and forearms.