Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue massage is a technique that is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues such as strains and injuries. Firstly, it involves sustained pressure using slow and deep strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues. Secondly, it promotes the break up of scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in the muscle. Finally, it promotes healing by the increase of blood flow and reduction of inflammation. I highlight the differences between Deep Tissue and Swedish massage below.
The difference between Deep Tissue and Swedish massage
Deep Tissue massage is primarily used to treat chronic pain and sports-related injuries, while Swedish massage is used to reduce stress and tension build-up and promote relaxation.
Swedish massage pressure is a gentler form than your Deep Tissue massage. Deep Tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle to treat muscle and tendon injuries. Alternatively, Swedish massage targets the more superficial layers to increase blood circulation by promoting relaxation and the release of stress and tension build-up in the back and neck.
Deep tissue massage is best suited for people who engage in highly physical activities eg. running or those who have chronic pain. If you are new to massage or have a low pain threshold then Swedish massage is the more suited massage for you. It can help release knots and tension build-up and is also a good choice to fully relax during the massage.
- Muscle pain
- Sport injuries