Connective tissue massage is similar to myofascial release in that involves working with the body’s fascia, or soft tissue, to relive pain , tightness, and discomfort. The idea behind connective tissue massage is that restriction in one area of the body negatively affects others areas of the body. Practitioners of this technique “hook” their fingers into the connective tissue and utilize pulling strokes to lengthen the area. Benefits include pain reduction. See also soft-tissue massage.