Dr. Ben Benjamin teaches a variety of Advanced, Orthopedic, Medical & Sports Massage Classes at CE Institute LLC in Miami FL. He has been practicing massage therapy for 50 years and has been teaching for decades. He is an absolute master of the trade and in many different subjects of our industry.
Muscles should be relaxed and loose. Ligaments should be tight to support and stabilize a joint. Here's Ben Benjamin's article in Massage Today that explains this concept for massage therapists: