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Swedish versus Deep Tissue versus Trigger Point: What Massage Do I Need?

Liz Garrison, LMT Sep 15, 2014

Did you know there are over 2000 types or modalities of massage across the world?  That is a lot to keep up with.  How do you know what type of massage you might like or what type of massage you need?  Often when you book a massage appointment you have to let them know what modality you want right then and there.  This creates a lot of trial and error.  Especially, if your massage therapist talks to you and recommends a type of massage he/she is not certified. 

Chances are if you have had a massage before, you got a Swedish massage.  This is the baseline for which all other basic modalities are created from.  Swedish and other basic forms of massage are as follows:

  • Swedish massage:  This massage is gentle.  It uses long strokes, kneading, circular movements, and sometimes vibration to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep tissue massage:  This massage is more forceful, deeper, and slower, using elbows and forearms, as well as, hands to work out knots and adhesions in the tissues.
  • Sports massage:  Similar to Swedish massage but faster and with certain techniques to help an athlete train, prep, or recover from a sporting event.
  • Trigger point massage:  Similar to deep tissue, this massage focuses on knots and trigger points that form due to ROM (Range of Motion) or overuse.
Still not sure?  Try your local Elements Massage.  Every massage you book includes all of these modalities so your therapist can combine types and styles to create a handcrafted massage just for you.

If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at Preston Hollow can help.  They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.

For more information:

http://elementsmassage.com/prestonhollow/modality

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

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