• Courtney Hutson

Swedish vs Deep Tissue Massage

Do you ever get confused when you see Swedish and Deep Tissue massages? Don't know which one will be better for you? Just don't know which one to pick? Well, look no farther this blog is all for you and understanding the basic massage techniques!

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage out there today! Swedish massage is the place to start if you have never had a massage before! Swedish massage is the foundation to all other types of massages.

When receiving a Swedish massage the main goal for the massage is to relax all the muscles in the body and release in pain that you may have. The therapist will work with the soft tissues in the body and muscles to help restore balance and health to the body.

There are 5 basic Swedish Massage techniques!

Effleurage- circular stroking movements made with the palm of the hand

Petrissage- kneading the underlying muscles (kneading, wringing, and skin rolling)


Friction- accurately delivered penetrating pressure applied through fingertips

Tapotement- rapid and repeated striking (beating, slapping, hacking, tapping and cupping)

These techniques warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions.

Benefits of Swedish Massage

  • Restore balance

  • Relax all muscles in the body

  • Release any pain where tension exist

  • Improve blood circulation

  • Improves excretion of unwanted toxins and waste

  • Decrease anxiety

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion

  • Strengthen immune system

  • Lower blood pressure

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is on the deeper side of massages. But, don't get the name wrong, us therapist go as deep as you can tolerate.

Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Some of the strokes are used as classic Swedish techniques, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layers of muscles and the fascia.

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury to a muscle, there is usually adhesions. Adhesions are bands of painful, rigid tissues combined all together. Adhesions appear in muscles, tensions and ligaments. Adhesions block circulation of blood and can cause pain, limited movement and inflammation. Muscles can be relaxed from adhesions with deep tissue massage, with focus on that area.

Benefits of Deep Tissue

  • Release chronic muscle tension

  • Help lower blood pressure

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Breaks up scar tissue

  • Reduce arthritis symptoms

  • Aid in muscle healing

  • Helps remove toxins and waste from the body

  • Focuses on releasing the contractions of muscles in deep layers of the body

  • Release tension

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