How To Choose Between Swedish And Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
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There is a common misconception when it comes to massage which leads many people to believe that one technique is much the same as another. This means that when you book a massage you are often left feeling confused when they ask which type of massage you are looking for. Choosing the type of massage that is right for you can be perplexing as each type of massage therapy has its own benefits so it is important not to get confused. Two style of massage therapy which are commonly mistaken for each other are Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage.
What Is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of massage therapy and it consists of a combination of strokes which use kneading, percussion, gliding, friction and vibration. The movements are usually used in a pattern which alternates between quick and slow strokes and varying levels of pressure. One of the key benefits of Swedish massage is that the strokes are designed to compliment the body's natural blood flow to the heart and is useful for stimulating the lymphatic system.
Some of the benefits which come with regular Swedish massage treatment include and improved level of blood circulation, easing of muscle tension, increased levels of relaxation and the removal of metabolic waste. It is not uncommon for people to feel an emotional release following this type of massage therapy as well. Swedish massage is particularly popular among people suffering from osteoarthritis or any sort of muscle pain or restricted movement caused by old injuries.
What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
In comparison, Deep Tissue massage therapy is designed to work on the connective tissues in the body. Unlike Swedish massage, the strokes in this style of massage are always performed slowly, although the level of pressure applied can vary. If the strokes are carried out to quickly, then the connective tissue, also known as the fascia, is not manipulated appropriately and the benefits are lost. Deep Tissue massage, when used on a regular basis, can help to break down old scar tissue and also promote oxygenation in the body. For this reason, Deep Tissue massage is often promoted as being beneficial to the skin.
The strokes that are used in a Deep Tissue massage treatment are very similar to those used in Swedish massage, which is where the confusion comes from, but the main difference is that when performing a Deep Tissue massage, the therapist will work against the grain of the muscles. It is also common for tools to be implemented during a Deep Tissue treatment. These tend to be made from either glass or smooth wood and are used alongside hands, elbows and fingers to maximize the effects of the therapy.
By Nelly Bee