My massage therapist told me about adhesions and realigning connective tissue and all the stuff she does for a client to alleviate tension & restore things to good working order.
Naturally, I whipped out my phone when I got in the car and started looking stuff up:
She mentioned that adhesions are why massage hurt, basically–breaking them up isn’t fun and games.
an abnormal union of membranous surfaces due to inflammation or injury.
Breaking them up allows blood to return to those tissues, which aids the euphoric feeling we have post-massage. Plus, it sends toxins and yuckiness to our body’s elimination system AND helps regulate hormones.
You can read more about Deep Tissue Massage and breaking up adhesions at About Health.