Swedish Massage? Deep Tissue Massage?

Personal Note: On my Client Intake Forms, a question that people always pause on is “Have you ever had a massage before, and if so, what type?”  It lists “Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, etc.”

The easiest way to figure out what type of massage you had is the pressure and focal points of the massage.  A Swedish Massage (aka “Relaxation Massage”) typically has light to medium pressure and there’s more focus on whole body tension relief.

Swedish massage also has health benefits:

  • Improved blood and lymph circulation
  • Pain relief
  • Allows for better excretion of bodily toxins, such as dead blood cells and lactic acid
  • Wellness of the body increases



A Deep Tissue Massage usually has medium to deep pressure and there’s a lot more focus on Trigger Point and local tension release. Depending on the speciality of your Massage Therapist, Deep Tissue can even help with posture, labor pains, and athletics.

Deep Tissue Massage helps with:

  • Relief from Chronic pain
  • Helps regulate Blood pressure (Note: During a session, High Blood Pressure rises slightly, but has been known to calm after the session.)
  • Stress and Anxiety reduction
  • Scar Tissue management
  • Athletic performance
  • Arthritic pain


Note: Never assume that the pressure your Massage Therapist initially uses is the right one for you.  If the pressure is too light or too hard, please say something!  It will make the session more relaxing and less stressful.


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