Swedish vs. Deep Tissue Massage

In honor of the Spa at Tranquil Space’s Self Care Week, we’ve decided to demystify a commonly asked question: what’s the difference between a Swedish and Deep Tissue massage?

Here’s the simple answer:

Swedish: is given to increase the circulation of blood without actually increasing the workload of the heart. It helps to stretch the ligaments and tendons to make them pliable and supple. It stimulates the skin as well as the nervous system to soothe the nerves. It is helpful in reducing both emotional and physical stress.

Deep Tissue: is a type of massage that aims at affecting the deeper tissue structure of the muscles. It also affects the connective tissue, known as fascia. A deep tissue massage utilizes a large number of similar techniques and movements as the Swedish massage, but the movements tend to have much more pressure. The deep tissue massage is a more focused massage.

For an extended explanation, check out this great article.

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