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Swedish Massage or Deep Tissue Massage: Which is Better?

Updated: Jun 13

Swedish massage versus deep tissue massage is another hotly debated topic in the massage industry. Usually, massage therapists are in one camp or the other. However, there's a place for both modalities in your regular massage routine.

With that in mind, do you care whether we call it a Swedish or deep tissue massage? I don't, but I'm a glutton for punishment, so I'll do my best to explore the differences and similarities between the two types of massage.

What is a Swedish massage?

Swedish massage is sometimes called a classic or relaxation massage and is the most commonly offered massage therapy. The techniques used include long gliding strokes, kneading, and compression. It's a gentle massage that feels amazing and provides deep relaxation.

What are the benefits of Swedish massage?

Swedish massage can help manage stress by decreasing cortisol levels and deactivating the fight-or-flight response. If left unchecked, chronic stress can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

Swedish massage can also benefit emotional health. Physical touch promotes safety, trust, and connection with others, enhancing social relationships and increasing your overall sense of happiness and well-being.

What is a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage focuses on deeper layers of muscle and usually treats trigger points, injuries, and chronic pain. Deep tissue is usually less relaxing than a Swedish massage but should never be painful.

Many deep tissue techniques are similar to Swedish massage, but deep tissue typically addresses a problem with focused attention and a specific desired outcome.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is an excellent way to manage painful trigger points, rehabilitate injuries, and treat chronic pain. Deep tissue massage is more effective and affordable than other methods for many people. Healthcare professionals consider massage therapy the complementary treatment most likely to benefit and least likely to harm.

"People who receive massage therapy feel better about their ability to care for themselves." – Ruth Werner, LMT

Swedish Massage or Deep Tissue Massage: Which is Better?

Neither is better, and you don't have to choose one or the other! Swedish AND deep tissue massage should be part of your regular self-care routine.

Appointments are available in 45 and 90-minute increments and include a variety of techniques. Before every session, we'll review your goals and discuss your progress so we can adjust your treatment plan for your needs that day.

Until Next Time

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