Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles

A Girl Enjoying Massage at Matrix Massage Spa in Utah

Massage therapy has become an increasingly popular way for people to relax after stressful events or just to be pampered. Most cities have at least one spa or massage therapy clinic, and those facilities typically offer a wide variety of options. If you are new to massage therapy, it can be difficult to know what you need. At Matrix Spa and Massage, we strive to assist our customers in making the best choices for their particular needs. Two of the most popular types of massage are Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.

What is Swedish Massage?

This is the most common type of massage therapy. The image of someone on a massage table being rubbed in long strokes is based on Swedish massage. This type of massage is most commonly used for relaxation, and the therapist’s strokes glide in the direction of blood flow returning to the heart. However, Swedish massage has benefits other than relaxation. Swedish massage has been found to:

  • Increase oxygen in the blood
  • Remove toxins from muscles
  • Improve circulation and flexibility
  • Decrease stress hormones
  • Boost the immune system

Clearly, Swedish massage is a good choice for anyone looking to relax and feel better. For those in need of a more therapeutic massage, Deep Tissue massage might be the best choice.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Though similar to Swedish massage in some ways, Deep Tissue massage has two crucial differences- the firmness of pressure used and the speed of the strokes. The therapist typically applies more pressure to the body and uses slower strokes during these types of massage. These massages also can focus on trouble spots where there is chronic pain or an injury that needs attention. Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relaxation, Deep Tissue massage is focused on reaching deeper layers of tissue, usually to relieve pain and inflammation. Many doctors recommend Deep Tissue massage for patients with chronic pain. It can also break up scar tissue and help rehabilitate injured muscles. Consider Deep Tissue massage if you need to:

  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Rehabilitate an injured muscle
  • Release chronic muscle tension
  • Relieve tension caused by chronic stress

While Deep Tissue massage is not ideal for every situation, many clients who have previously suffered chronic pain or other problems have found welcome relief from regular treatments.

Relax with Matrix Spa & Massage

So which type of massage should you choose? That depends on what you need: Are you getting a massage because you want to relax and feel rejuvenated? Maybe you’ve had a hectic week and need to relax. Or maybe you just feel it’s time to pamper yourself a bit. If so, a nice, long Swedish massage might be just what you’re looking for.

If you’re considering massage to treat chronic pain or stress, or maybe you’re a “weekend warrior” who has been sidelined by an injury, you may need the deeper pressure of Deep Tissue massage.

At Matrix Spa and Massage, we offer Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage, as well as a variety of other treatments to suit your needs. Both therapies are available in sessions of varying lengths, so we are sure to be able to accommodate your needs.

Still not sure what you need? You can contact us at 801-799-4999 to speak with one of our specialists to find out what’s best for your situation. Be sure to check out our coupons and packages page to see if the services you are interested in are available at a discount. Coupons and packages are also great gifts if you know someone who would benefit from a little relaxation. Don’t delay; schedule your appointment today.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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