Although Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage can have some similar techniques, they differ in the amount of pressure that is applied and their intended purpose. Swedish massage helps promote circulation and relax the surface muscles, using light to medium, or even firm pressure. Deep tissue massage is very firm and works the deeper layers of the muscle and connective tissue to remove knots and chronic tension. To get the most out of your session, you should choose the style that best suits your needs. If you’re ever unsure which to choose, we’re here to help!
Swedish Massage is the standard massage we all know and love. With light to moderate pressure (or even a little firm) it incorporates long stroking and kneading techniques to ease tension and soothe the body and mind. It’s goal and focus is to relieve the superficial muscles of the body and to promote relaxation. It will leave you feeling rejuvenated and de-stressed.
How often can you get a Swedish Massage?
If you are using massage for moderate pain or stress management, you may receive massage more frequently. Everyone is different, but we generally recommend a massage bi-weekly to be most effective to upkeep your results. If you are highly stressed, you may need to get a massage 1-2 times a week. If you feel generally healthy, you may only really need it once a month. It’s important to note, that going too long between sessions can cause your body to essentially take a few steps backwards. Like working out, consistency is key for maintenance.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissue. This technique is best for giving special attention to targeted painful and stiff areas in your body. Deep Tissue techniques consists of the use of elbows, knuckles, and fingers to deliberately focus pressure on the under layers of the muscles. It can be therapeutic and can relieve chronic patterns of tension and muscle injuries such as: back sprain, chronic pain, whiplash, sports injuries, and postural mis-alignment. As Deep tissue massage can feel really intense, it is typically not recommend for relaxation or stress relief.
How often should you get a Deep Tissue Massage, if you have chronic pain?
Our therapists at Cloud 9 recommend a session once or twice a week until you feel better. Allow your body to rest for the following 2 days after a Deep Tissue Massage. You may want to consider not working out during this time and allowing your body to rest for at least 12 hours if you do. You should not receive a Deep Tissue Massage consecutively as your muscles will be sore and need time to recover.
For chronic pain, once you feel better you should be able to maintain the results with a session once a week to every 2 weeks. Keep in mind that all bodies are not the same, so as long as you feel your body can take on another session you may. On the other hand, your body may take longer to recover and you may need more time in between sessions. Treat a Deep Tissue Massage as exercise, it can be taxing on your body especially if you live a sedentary lifestyle.
It is essential to notify the front desk at booking, if you have any medical concerns or areas to avoid prior to your appointment. If you have any medical conditions such as blood clots that may affect your massage, you must consult your primary care provider first. Deep tissue massage can feel intense and it can be normal for some to experience a small amount of bruising, so it is typically not recommended for everyone.
Whether you choose a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage, hydration is key to keep muscle tissue healthy and easier to manage. Like any form of exercise, massage can be dehydrating so be sure to drink plenty of water before and after! At Cloud 9 Foot Spa we offer a $10 off cash special every Wednesday and Thursday for body massages. We also offer Package Deals to get the best price if you plan to regularly schedule a massage. Book your next session to keep your body feeling whole and promote a healthy lifestyle, you won’t regret it!