Deep Tissue Massage vs. Swedish Massage

MIchelle Livingston

MAY 4, 2021

Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are two popular forms of massage.

Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are two popular forms of massage.

Swedish massage uses long strokes and light-to-firm pressure to provide gentle relaxation. Deep tissue massage is a more forceful technique that releases tension deep in the muscles and connective tissues.

As Swedish massage is the basis for many deep tissue techniques, the two therapies share many similarities. There are also some key differences that may help a person decide which method will be best for them.

Read on to find out about the different massage therapies and their intended uses. We also provide tips on how to prepare for a massage session.