The Difference Between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

Swedish and Deep Tissue Massages

Massage not only feels great, but it can also help with a variety of concerns from relaxation to relieving pain and muscle aches. There are several different types of massage, each offering a unique experience and targeting specific concerns. For those interested in massage, it may be difficult to decide which type of massage to choose from. Two of the most popular types of massage include Swedish and deep tissue. Knowing the difference between the two can help you get the best experience from your massage.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most commonly known types of massage. This type of massage focuses on relaxation and stress reduction. It is a less intense type of massage for those that are looking to have a calming and comfortable experience. Techniques used during this type of massage include kneading, sliding, rubbing, and stretching of the muscles to stimulate the muscles and nerves in the body. Massage therapists are trained to find pressure points in order to focus attention and improve circulation in certain areas, releasing the built up tension and providing an overall relaxing experience.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a more intense type of massage, as the name suggests. But it does not mean that the massage necessarily has to involve heavy pressure. The pressure applied may be light, but on specific pressure points that may cause some pain when concentrated on. While it is commonly used to alleviate painful and tight muscles, there may be some discomfort when working out those common ailments. Massage therapists will ask for feedback during the massage to make sure that the pressure applied isn’t too heavy and that you are comfortable throughout. Athletes use this type of massage to assist in the relief of sore and tight muscles. Unlike Swedish massage, deep tissue massage doesn’t use kneading, but instead long, smooth linear strokes to create friction. Deep tissue stimulates receptors in the muscles allowing them to release lactic acid buildup. This will help speed up the healing process. Deep tissue has been known to reduce chronic pain and improve posture as well.

No matter which type of massage you choose, each are great for the body’s overall health and well-being, both mentally and physically. If you are interested in the healing benefits of massage, then contact Body Bar Fitness to find out which massage is right for you. Body Bar’s licensed massage therapists can assist you in choosing which massage will work best for your specific needs and preferences. Book your appointment today!

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