The Difference Between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

The Difference Between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

We get asked this question a lot. And by a lot, we mean All. Day. Long. It’s a really good one though, because there’s a lot of misconception out there about what the difference really is between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. As leaders in our Industry with some of the most talented Registered Massage Therapists on staff, we are always glad to share our knowledge and help clear it up.

Swedish Massage is the most widely practiced type of massage. It is a relaxing treatment designed to increase circulation using techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The many benefits of this type of massage include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation which regulates and improves many bodily functions like promoting cell growth and enhancing organ function.

Deep Tissue Massage on the other hand, utilizes techniques that are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. Deep Tissue Massage helps with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. Whereas Swedish Massage focuses more on the relaxing of superficial musculature, Deep Tissue manipulates the web of connective tissues that surrounds supports and penetrates the muscles.

It is widely mistaken that the difference between the two is that a Deep Tissue Massage is just a deeper, firmer or harder massage than Swedish, which isn’t entirely wrong as the pressure is increased in the latter. The reality? A good Registered Massage Therapist will alternate pressures and styles based on each individual treatment to give you the most effective care, depending on the part of the body being treated and the concern that it’s addressing.


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