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Deep Tissue Massage Versus Swedish Massage – What’s the Difference?

Author: Massage Heights
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Massage Therapy can offer a variety of health benefits, especially when you receive a massage targeting your unique needs. Both deep tissue and Swedish massage offer experiences that can relieve stress and improve circulation, but knowing the difference between the two can help you decide which one to choose.

Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage targets muscles and tissues, stretching the fascia, the interconnecting tissues that support your muscles, nerves, and bones. Each layer of the connective tissue is stretched and moved to remove adhesions and reduce contractions. Massage Therapists will use their fingers, hands, forearms, and elbows to work each of these layers.

Deep tissue massage is beneficial for those who are experiencing chronic muscle pain. For example, scar tissue that can limit motion can be broken down and stretched through this technique, offering more flexibility and lessening pain. Athletes often use deep tissue massage as part of their recovery process, but it can be used for many different issues and some inflammatory conditions. Due to the intensity of deep tissue massage, some people with certain health conditions may find it a bit invasive so if you are particularly sensitive, Swedish massage may be the better option for your needs.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage, the most well known type of massage, uses sliding, kneading and rubbing motions to relieve stress and relax the entire body. It can also include movement of the joints and use vibration as part of the technique. Many other types of massage derive from the Swedish massage, including pregnancy, infant and geriatric massages.

Often, both massage modalities are used together, using deep tissue to address pain centers and Swedish massage for stress release, creating the perfect balance.

Massage Heights Can Help You Determine What Massage Works Best for You

At Massage Heights, we offer customizable massage options and can apply any method our trained Massage Therapists see fit for you. Give us a call or Request a Reservation online to schedule your personal, customized session today.