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Swedish vs. Deep-Tissue Massage: Finding the Right Way to Relax

Swedish and deep-tissue massage are two bodywork approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.

The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between DayQuil and NyQuil. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual needs. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:

Swedish massage combines four distinct motions?effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement?to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.

Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones?the fascia?often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.

135 Riverside Parkway Southwest
Austell,
GA
US

OM SPA's founder Omar Holmes began his career as a health and fitness coach. He first became aware of massage as a way to help his clients recover from or prevent injuries, but the more he learned about it, the more interested he became. Eventually, he realized he had a passion for the technique, and enrolled at the American Academy of Reflexology to being his education. He still uses the Flocco Method of reflexology in treatments, combining treatments of the hand, foot, and ear to relax the entire body. He rounds out his techniques with modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, and lymphatic drainage.

6900 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs,
GA
US

The family team of acupuncturists at Sun Wellness uses, tiny, hair-thin needles to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. Acupuncture can help alleviate stress, insomnia, and general aches and pains as well as more serious conditions. Other services include herbal medicine, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and nutritional guidance, the latter of which teaches you the best way to run from cupcakes.

6667 Vernon Woods Drive Northeast
Sandy Springs,
GA
US

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular service: Sports massage, NMT, relaxation,

Brands Used: AMTA certified, MBLEX certified, State of Ga licence #08771

Q&A with Denise Leslie, Massage Therapist/owner

What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

Neuromuscular technique: chronic muscle tension release using trigger point therapy. Thai/yoga massage: stretching the ligaments and compression through muscle groups.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Facilitating wellness, helping people feel better, and motivating them to be better people by releasing the tension and stress that the muscles and body are holding onto.

Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?

Yes. I hold a Sports massage certification, an NMT certification, and a trigger point therapy certification. I also hold certification in Thai/yoga massage. I am nationally certified by the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination, and I am a member of American Massage Therapy Association.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

I practice and teach private kundalini yoga.

8737 Dunwoody Place
Atlanta,
GA
US

Relinquish Spa tackles maladies of all stripes with a team made up of an energy healer, a licensed massage therapist, and a reiki master. The cadre of helping hands employs a variety of massage styles that range from deep-tissue massage, heated-stone work, and crystal healing that aims to bring harmony to bodies more effectively than transplanting the vocal chords from an entire barbershop quartet. During chakra-balancing bodywork, the staff guides clients through meditation and breath work paired with more concrete massage. For more modern treatments, the licensed estheticians trot out infrared body wraps and lipo-cavitation to reduce cellulite and eradicate excess pounds.

2531 Briarcliff Rd. NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

Certified massage therapists slather skin in organic products made with fruits and vegetables, working the botanical elements into the skin with gentle hand movements or massage tools. The staff also possesses mastery with Bongers? therapeutic instruments that mimic the impact of a child's fist. Aside from paddling taut muscles or snare drums, therapists arrange heated stones on sore muscles, apply a gentle touch to expectant mothers, and knead overused tissues on athletes. Each massage is tailored to the client's specific needs, and will restore bodies to a state of relaxed joyousness unlike any they?ve experienced since they got their braces removed.

1778 Ellsworth Industrial Drive Northwest
Atlanta,
GA
US