Deep tissue massage is not and should not be painful, this is a misconception. The therapist will challenge the client’s body in that the massage is deeper. It focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. A good therapist will work with the client and listen to the body, working alongside it. Deep tissue work can be deeply nurturing and relaxing and many clients once used to it welcome regular deep tissue work being integrated into their massage treatment. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.