Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both very popular kinds of massage treatment that offer clients the opportunity to relax and decompress. In some ways their effects are similar, but there are a number of differences in regards to factors like technique, pressure and focus areas that mean individuals may decide to opt for one over the other.
We’ve set out the key differences to help you find the right massage for you –
What is a Swedish massage?
A Swedish massage is sometimes referred to as a classic massage as it is one of the most widely practised techniques. Aiming to promote relaxation through the release of muscle tension, a Swedish massage is somewhat gentler than the deep tissue variation, and is best suited to those primarily seeking tension relief. This may include people whose muscles are tightened up by activities such as sitting at a desk all day or frequent exercise, particularly if the tension radiates from the shoulders, neck or lower back.
During a Swedish massage, therapists will use deep circular movements and long strokes to stimulate nerve endings and increase blood flow. It generally involves the whole body, so clients will need to flip over halfway through the treatment. Clients should rest assured that, while the massage involves the whole body, they will be covered up most of the time by an adjustable sheet.
What is deep tissue massage?
As the name suggests, deep tissue massage is a technique that aims to go farther than Swedish massage, targeting the inner layers of muscles, tendons and connective tissue. Many of the same strokes and kneading movements will be used, only with more (sometimes painful) pressure.
Deep tissue massage is a great option for athletes and those with long-standing injuries, as well as people with chronic pain issues such as fibromyalgia. The technique works as it helps muscle and tissue to heal through the release of contracted areas. It may also work to reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to soft tissues. The therapist will discuss the patient’s needs with them beforehand to ascertain the key problem areas to focus on.
Similarities and differences –
– Can involve the whole body
– Promotes relaxation
– Releases tension
– Increases blood flow
– Different amounts of pressure
– Deep tissue massage works better at promoting healing
– Swedish massage is gentler and more suited to those new to massages
– Deep tissue massage tends to be more targeted
If you’re interested in making the most of a relaxing massage, get in touch with us at Cool Aroma men’s spa today! Call us on 04 420 3344 to book an appointment.