Swedish Massage Vs Deep Tissue Massage – Is there any real difference

Swedish Massage Vs Deep Tissue Massage – Is there any real difference

Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are the two most popular and universally used massage techniques in the industry. Although there are some similarities between both techniques, they are vastly different from each other.

The main differing factors being the pressure, the technique, the intended use and lastly the areas of focus. Keep reading for detailed information on the key differences between the two massage styles, and find out which is best suited to your needs😊

Swedish Massage Technique

The Swedish massage is one of the top massage techniques offered around the world, it’s often referred to as a classic massage. It is a massage technique that aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension. A Swedish massage is much gentler than a deep tissue massage and it is more suited to individuals that are interested in relaxation and tension relief.  The technique of a Swedish massage works to loosen up tight muscles caused by general daily activities such as exercising or sitting at a computer. In particular it can work very well for people who hold a lot of tension in their lower back, shoulders, and neck.

Various techniques are used throughout a Swedish massage, such as kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements, and passive joint movements. Each of these techniques has a purpose and is meant to relax you, stimulate the nerve endings and to increate blood flow and lymph drainage. Traditionally a Swedish massage involves a full body massage however it is possible to get a Swedish back massage. Depending on each individual’s preferences the massage can be performed using light, medium, or firm pressure. The massage therapist will use an oil or lotion to allow for smooth and long strokes. Aromatherapy scents can also be used, it usually comes down to the preference of each individual.

Deep Tissue Massage Technique

The main difference between a Swedish massage and a deep tissue massage is that the deep tissue massage is designed to go further and is intended for a different purpose. Generally, deep tissue massages are suited to individuals such as athletes, runners or often people with injuries. In addition, deep tissue massages are also used for people with chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia. Unlike a Swedish massage, deep tissue massages target the inner layers of the muscles and tendons. 

Similar to a Swedish massage, deep tissue massages use many of the same stroking and kneading however, far more pressure is applied and sometimes this pressure may be painful. In order to reach the deep muscle tissue, a therapist will massage layer by layer of muscle by applying more and more pressure and employing special techniques using fingers, fists and maybe even elbows to reach and stretch that deep tissue.

Deep tissue massages facilitates healing by releasing contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It aids in increasing blood flow to the soft tissues and may help to reduce inflammation.

Traditionally, deep tissue massages begin as a more relaxation massage. After the muscles are warmed up, your massage therapist will begin to work deep into any problem areas. In addition to the traditional palms, fingertips and knuckles a therapist may use their forearms or elbows for increased pressure during a deep tissue massage. It’s important to communicate with your therapist about the level of pressure and/or discomfort you wish to endure throughout the massage. It is normal to experience soreness in the coming days following a deep tissue massage, it may be recommended to treat the soreness with ice, heat or stretching.

Which Massage Works Best, Swedish Massage or Deep Tissue Massage?

The Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage are two very similar massage techniques. The primary difference between then being the level of pressure involved. Essentially, if your goal is relaxation and relief from tense or tight muscles, the Swedish massage is probably right for you. However, if you’re recovering from an injury, or have chronic pain a deep tissue massage can be a helpful treatment plan.

Master bought massage techniques, the Swedish Full Body Massage, and the Deep Tissue Back Massage here at KMK Salon Supplies – where we offer online training for flexible learning. Making it easier to upskill your business and offer a wider range of treatments to your clients😊

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