You can get a massage for all sorts of different reasons. Some of them because you just want to relax while others might be because you want to heal from a specific injury. These initials reasons inform the massage you want to get and can help you figure out which one is right for you.
The two most common types of massages are Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue. They’re very similar, except one is 10 times stronger. The difference between a swedish massage and deep tissue is in the muscles being targeted.
Swedish massage targets the tissues on the outer muscle layer. The ones right underneath your skin. Deep tissue, as the name implies, digs deeper into the inner layers of muscle and connective tissue that are much more integral to your health.
There are a number of reasons why you would want to get a deep tissue, and all of them are health related. If you need a deep tissue massage, chances are you might be healing from a back injury or you have a more chronic condition that needs a little more power than a swedish massage to help fix. It’s all about healing and promoting positive growth.
That said, there is a downside to deep tissue massage. It’s not relaxing. The massage itself can be painful. The massage therapist is loosening layer and layer of muscle until eventually they have to push so hard that they bypass all those layers to get to the muscles and tissues they need to reach.
Swedish massage is much easier to handle and feels really nice. It’s barely painful at all and is more centered to improving blood circulation, easing tension and some pain that’s not quite chronic. It has fewer long term benefits, but more in the way of short term healing and significant mental health support.
Either one will leave you feeling better and more healthy than before. If you think you need something stronger than a swedish massage, talk to your doctor or massage therapist and we will help you make the right decision.