Massage is quite a general term as there are many various techniques that are commonly applied. They can differ by focusing on different outcomes with techniques that include using hands, elbows, feet or devices. The purpose of massage is commonly to treat stress and muscle pain by manipulating soft tissue, dating back thousands of years. Choosing the right technique for your needs is important in getting the outcome you are searching for. We’ll guide you through the differences between Swedish massage and deep tissue massage, highlighting the benefits of both these common massage techniques.
One of the most popular and traditional variations of massage, Swedish massage is a technique that promotes relaxation and can be used as a treatment method for injuries. When performed, this type of massage can energise the body and work to improve overall fitness. It is always used as a injury treatment and rehabilitation tool to regain range of motion in joints. Typically long kneading strokes are combined with rhythmic tapping strokes to relieve muscle tension and help restore the body to optimal use. Massage oil is used to prevent friction on the skin.
Also a traditional method of massage, deep tissue begins softly until the muscles are sufficiently warmed up before the massage therapist will begin to activate deeper tissues in the areas you are experiencing tension or discomfort. It’s aimed at alleviating pain and preventing or treating certain injuries by improving blood flow to speed up the process of healing.
Many types of massage are similar in that pressure is applied by the therapists hands, forearms, elbows, etc. to relax and activate muscle groups. All the variations have a specific purpose, however. Swedish massage is more of a relaxation technique to keep the body’s muscles supple and relieve them from tension. Deep tissue massage, on the other hand, can be used as part of a recovery plan from sports injuries. Used to speed up the recovery process and target specific problem areas.
At Cairnhill Physiotherapy, there are a variety of massage techniques that we use:
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of massage or booking an appointment, contact us today.