Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage?
Deep tissue and Swedish massage are both wonderful but are used for different reasons. It is important to understand the goals of these two services so you know what you are choosing when you book your appointment.
Swedish Massage is sometimes called a classic massage because it is one of the most common forms of massage therapy and is the most commonly requested. This massage is designed to stimulate circulation, ease surface level tension, and ultimately, relax and relieve stress.
What to Expect During a Swedish Massage:
Your licensed massage therapist will use long, kneading strokes and deep, circular movements to increase the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream to provide muscle relief and relaxation, which helps flush lactic and uric acids from your body.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage builds on Swedish massage utilizing many of its essential strokes but applies more pressure. Deep tissue massage works into deeper layers of muscle and fascia to break up tight knots. This type of massage is often used to address chronic pain and relieve deep layers of tension.
What to Expect During a Deep Tissue Massage:
Whereas Swedish massage is typically performed with the hands and fingertips, deep tissue massage also utilizes elbows and forearms to reach deep layers of muscle tissue. Deep tissue massage will be a balance between a satisfying release of tension and the muscles pushing back against the pressure, helping to soothe chronic pain.
Which Massage is Right for You?
Both Swedish and deep tissue massages have significant benefits, but one may be more appropriate for you, depending on your needs. Seek out Swedish massage when you are feeling stressed or tense. This is a perfect option for someone who is looking for a pampering indulgence or full mind-body relaxation. Choose deep tissue massage if you have chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain, or if you want a deeper structural massage to work out the kinks and knots.
We are here to help. Give us a call, and we can guide you. You will also have a consultation before your appointment with a licensed massage therapist to discuss what massage is best suited for your needs. It is possible to have a Swedish massage with some deep tissue work. Our goal is to ensure you receive the highest quality service. We will see you soon!