What is a Swedish massage? What is a deep tissue massage? Which one is better for you? These are the questions you have when you want to book your first massage. Below I will describe the options and at the end of this article the decision will be easier to make.
What is a Swedish Massage?
A Swedish massage is the type of massage most commonly used. It involves different types of motion including long strokes, tapping, kneading, shaking and tapping all used in a rhythmic manner. Swedish massages focus mostly on the top layer of muscles and how they rub up against deeper muscles. A Swedish massage is relaxing and at no time should you feel any pain.
Swedish Massage Purpose and Benefits
Swedish massages are used to reduce both emotional and physical stress. They expel toxins from the muscles, while at the same time increasing oxygen in the blood stream. Swedish Massages also work to soothe the nerves and stimulate the nervous system. They will also help muscles recover faster when they are suffering from strain. Research has shown that Swedish massages may have a positive effect on the immune system, which can help you get over illnesses more quickly. Overall, Swedish massages will relax you, promote better health, and give you a sense of well being.
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
A deep tissue massage attempts to work the deeper muscles and ligaments. It uses a lot more pressure than a Swedish massage. The strokes used in deep tissue massage are slow and gradual and aren’t necessarily rhythmic. There may be points in a deep tissue massage where you feel pain, but this is necessary to work out tension and tightness in the underlying muscles and connective tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage Purpose and Benefits
Deep tissue massages are used to treat several physical ailments. The main reason people use deep tissue massages is for chronic pain in the back or neck. It loosens up knots in the tissue and releases tension, making the pain alleviate. Deep tissue massages can also help improve blood pressure. It does this by increasing blood flow throughout the body. People who are recovering from back or neck surgery often get deep tissue massage treatment because it can break up the scar tissue that forms. Scar tissue from surgery can often result in pain and stiffness. Deep tissue massage improves lymphatic drainage and circulation causing the scar tissue to break up. Overall, deep tissue massages can relieve chronic pain and give you a better quality of life.
Which One is Right For You?
If you have never gotten a massage or are only suffering from minor stress, then a Swedish massage is probably the right choice for you. These massages tend to be gentler, but will still work the tension out of your muscles. If you have a limited range of motion or chronic pain, then a deep tissue massage is the better choice fore you. These massages try to get to the heart of the problem, allowing you to be more flexible and have less tension and pain.
Depending on where you go, the prices of a Swedish massage and a deep tissue massage may be different. If the price is different, a deep tissue massage will be more expensive. Many places will actually incorporate both massages into their services, if they find that is what the client needs. I incorporate both types of treatments into my Relax massage, depending on client needs.