Like its name suggests, Deep-Tissue Massage targets your body’s deepest layers of muscle and releases tension in overstressed areas. When your muscles are severely knotted, this therapeutic treatment is designed to break it up. Deep-tissue massage is a mix of slow, short, strokes and penetrating finger pressure focused on tight, contracted areas. The therapist employs her thumbs, forearms, and even elbows to work muscle tissue and relieve tension.

Before you go:
Be warned, if it’s your first massage or you don’t get much exercise, steer clear of deep-tissue massage—you could end up very sore the next day. A deep-tissue massage can help heal injuries and release adhesions and knots caused by stress.