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What’s the difference between Swedish massage and deep tissue massage?


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Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage are both popular therapies that differ in pressure, technique, and intended use.


Swedish Massage is a gentle form of massage that uses light to medium pressure and long, flowing strokes to relax the muscles, while Deep Tissue Massage uses more intense pressure and targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.


Both therapies focus on areas of tension and discomfort, but Swedish Massage is intended to be more relaxing while Deep Tissue Massage is designed to target specific areas of pain and tension.

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About Swedish massage


The most commonly offered massage technique. It aims to promote relaxation and release muscle tension in the body. This type of massage involves the use of long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles. It is often used to reduce stress and promote a feeling of general wellbeing.


Swedish Massage is a full body treatment that focuses on soft tissues and muscles. It is a revitalising and encourages healing. It can have a calming effect on the nervous system. This massage is very relaxing and can help to reduce stress and tension, while increasing circulation and wellbeing. Swedish Massage is an excellent way to restore balance to the body and mind, leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated.


It is based on five main techniques:

  • effleurage,

  • petrissage

  • tapotement

  • friction

  • vibration


These techniques are meant to:

  • increase blood flow and lymph drainage

  • stimulate nerve endings

  • relax you

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About deep tissue massage


Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but it goes deeper into the muscles and connective tissues to target specific areas of tension and discomfort. It is intended to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue.


It is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury.


Deep tissue massage is used to break down knots and relieve pressure points throughout the body. It can be used to help treat sports injuries, chronic pain, muscle tension and improve mobility.


It is a form of massage therapy that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It utilises the same stroking, kneading, and gliding movements as Swedish massage but with far more pressure.


This type of massage can be quite intense and may be painful at times, so it is important to communicate with your massage therapist about the pressure level that is right for you.


Which treatment works best?

Swedish massage is best for relaxation and stress relief, as it uses gentle, long strokes and light pressure to help you relax. The primary difference between Swedish and deep tissue massages is the level of pressure involved.


While Swedish massage works on the top layers of muscle, deep tissue massage works on deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to release chronic muscle tension.


If you are recovering from an injury, deep tissue massage may be a better option as it focuses on targeting specific areas to break up and release scar tissue. However, if you are looking for a way to relax and reduce stress, Swedish massage is the way to go.

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About Cloudberry Massage Therapy


Cloudberry Massage provides a female only mobile massage service based in East Ayrshire. Offering professional treatments and relaxation. A perfect place to find your inner peace and have some me-time. As a fully insured therapist your guaranteed a professional, friendly and personal service. One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to relax the entire body. Treatments can alleviate depression and can eliminate the need for medication. This is accomplished by working the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning the heart. However Swedish Massage goes beyond relaxation. It is also beneficial for increasing the oxygen level in the blood, removing waste products (toxins) from the cells, improving circulation and flexibility all while easing tension. Cloudberry Massage Therapy aims to improve your well-being. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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