In contrast to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage reaches the deeper musculature, according to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The American Massage Therapy Association calls this approach's slow strokes and intense pressure the key to unlocking chronic tension and pain in the muscles. "It uses basic techniques from Swedish massage, but the pressure used will be more intense than a traditional Swedish massage," says C.G. Funk, a vice president at Massage Envy, a nationwide massage clinic franchise. A therapist will typically use their forearms or elbows to push deep in the muscle layers.