As a client preparing for deep tissue massage you're going to prepare for it, much like any other massage. You basically get to just sit back and relax, and let the massage therapist work their magic. But there are a couple of things that a massage therapist is going to do to make sure that you are properly prepared for a deep tissue massage. It's a little bit different than a relaxation massage or a Swedish massage.
So they're actually going to prep your tissue with some Swedish massage strokes, some more relaxing strokes. This helps your tissue warm up, and it becomes a little more flexible. So that later when they access with those deeper strokes, your tissue is ready to allow it and it feels great and it's pain free. One of the things that many massage therapists suggest for you to do, is to stay well hydrated for a few days before the massage and afterwards. It helps keep your muscle tissue supple and soft. But I do suggest that you don't drink too much water right before you get on the table.