What is the difference in a Swedish and deep muscle massage?
Kathy N. asked on May 6, 2013
Swedish massage utilizes long, flowing strokes that generally target a muscle group as opposed to a specific muscle. The pressure is usually light to medium. I often use some Swedish techniques even in a deep tissue massage to help locate the adhesions and tight muscle groups. This type of massage is often referred to as a "relaxation massage." One should expect to have a minimum of residual soreness. Deept tissue, on the other hand, uses much shorter strokes and is very muscle specific.The pressure utilized is medium to heavy. You can definately expect to be sore for 1-3 days after a deep tissue massage. I do not suggest this sort of massage unless you have a very specific muscle problem (not just general soreness) and never for anyone's first massage. Many people seem to feel that the deeper the pressure used, the more quality the massage. I am not one of these people! The right amount of pressure is seldom the maximum amount you can use, although very heavy pressure is OCCASSIONALLY needed. I only utilize that if it is absolutely neccessary and after other techniques have failed.
David M. from Merchant replied on May 7, 2013