Swedish massage vs deep tissue
It gets confusing right?
We hear a ton of different terminology about different massage techniques and things get confused.
You know what?
Let’s take a look at some fundamental differences between Swedish and deep tissue massage therapies.
There is a common misconception when it comes to massage which leads many people to believe that one technique is much the same as another.
This means that when you book a massage you are often left feeling confused when they ask which type of massage you are looking for.
Choosing the type of massage that is right for you can be perplexing as each type of massage therapy has its own benefits so it is important not to get confused.
Two style of massage therapy which are commonly mistaken for each other are Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage.
Available for specific areas, such as the hands or neck and shoulders, or as a full-body treatment, Swedish massage techniques are designed to promote circulation, relieve everyday aches and stiffness, and generally encourage relaxation and physical/mental health.
In this type of massage therapy, five different classifications of strokes/movements are used to dispel tension and eliminate stress: sliding/gliding (effleurage), kneading (petrissage), tapping (tapotement), friction, and vibration/shaking.
Although Swedish massages can be somewhat intense at times, the overall goal is to work in the topmost layers of muscle to work out those day-to-day knots and stiffness.
For many people, Swedish massage treatments can be a key tool in stress relief and whole-body relaxation.
Working below the top layers of muscle, deep-tissue massages work to provide healing benefits to fascia, joints, and deep muscle tissue.
These massage treatments are ideal for individuals with frequent pain, aches stemming from injury, or even chronic conditions such as arthritis and other muscloskeletal disorders.
Deep-tissue massages focus on concentrated areas, utilizing sustained pressure and intense strokes that can be uncomfortable or even somewhat painful during the treatment.
However, when performed properly by a professional massage therapist, the ultimate outcome of a deep-tissue session will be relief of aches and pains and overall support for healing and physical well-being.
If you’re looking for general relaxation and relief from everyday tension, Swedish massage is probably the right choice for you.
On the other hand, if you’re interested in promoting healing for an injury or finding relief from ongoing muscle pain, deep-tissue massage treatment may hold the answers you’re seeking.
The risks associated with it are low making it appropriate for most everyone. If you have any cardiovascular problems however, be sure to talk to your massage therapist and medical doctor about any risks associated with.
Otherwise, it is gentle enough for everyone including prenatal massage as well as geriatric massage.
It is good to consider the differences when deciding which massage is best for you.
A Swedish massage will offer a general relaxing while the deep tissue massage will give the muscles a workout to relieve pain or injury.
While there may be a price difference between to two styles, the massage style you choose should be the style and/or technique which will offer the best benefits for your body and your health.
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