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Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage

Sometimes, a massage isn’t needed because you’re injured or looking for pain relief. You might want to find a healthy way to relax. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we offer massages geared towards relaxation and pain relief or management. Two of the more popular relaxation massages offered are Swedish massage and a deep tissue massage. You may wonder what the difference between the two are. Despite both Swedish massage and deep tissue massage aiding in relaxation, they both have different techniques to help.

What is a Swedish Massage?

If you go to a massage clinic and ask for a massage, typically, you’ll get a Swedish massage. Swedish massages are one of the most common form of massages. The goal of a Swedish massage is to help you relax. With this type of massage, Aruna will use different techniques to help you achieve optimal relaxation. Some of the techniques include strokes, kneading, or tapping the skin. If you have an area you’d rather focus on, your pre-appointment meeting is the time to bring it up.

What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage is typically more intensive than a Swedish massage. While this type of massage may be used for relaxation, deep tissue massages also help with pain relief. Unlike a Swedish massage, the touches of a deep tissue massage typically have more pressure. This is to help penetrate deep in your body’s tissues to provide some kind of pain relief. While more pressure is involved, you shouldn’t experience pain or soreness after your appointment. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, Aruna may use bamboo to aid in your deep tissue massage. In fact, she’s one of the few that combines a bamboo fusion massage with a deep tissue massage.

Can The Two Overlap?

Depending on what’s happening with your body and your current pain management, both types of massages can overlap in an appointment. Let’s say you have a sore neck from hunching over a computer all day. If you let Aruna know prior to the start of your appointment, she may focus harder in that area to help you feel better with a deep tissue massage while using Swedish massage techniques on other parts of your body.

When is One Better Than The Other?

Like many things in life, different massages are more beneficial at certain stages. For instance, if you’re just looking to relax, a Swedish massage is more ideal. Because you just want to relax, the soft touches and strokes of a Swedish massage will help with that. However, if you have more specified areas of pain but still want a massage to help with relaxation, a deep tissue massage may work better for you.

When it comes to your massage, you want to be upfront during your appointment. Be sure to discuss anything relevant with Aruna before your massage starts. That way, there’s no confusion during your appointment. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, the goal is for you to get better in a natural setting. Whether you’re looking for pain relief from a sports injury or a way to relax after a stressful workday, Therapeutic Medical Massage is here to help. Call the office to schedule your massage now.