Deep Tissue works to get into the muscles deeper under the skin. Trigger point therapy is typically used in areas patients’ feel “knots” or adhesions, or in other areas determined by your practitioner to help achieve better muscle function.
Deep tissue and trigger point work may require different levels of pressure depending how the superficial muscles relax. Once the more superficial muscles relax, practitioners have easier access to the deeper muscles.
Your practitioner may decide trigger point or deep tissue work isn’t for you if your muscles tense or spasm under the pressure. When muscles react this way the benefits of massage are negated.