Determining the type of therapy that is best for you is often trial and error. Each of us are very different and carry stress for different reasons. Naturally, we all respond to touch in different ways.
The deep tissue or therapeutic is typicallly a blend of different modalities( massage techniques or practices) that allow the the practitioner to delve more deeply in to the soft and connective tissue.
The Swedish or relaxation is usually light to moderate pressure , also often using blended modalities, which essentially coax the body into a state of relaxation.
Deep tissue has a reputation for being intimidating and painful. Although some massage goers enjoy the feeling of pain( as perhaps it is an indication that something is happening), deep tissue massage need not necessarily be a painful experience.
Most practiced and experienced therapists realize that approaching deep tissue bodwork by warming up the muscles and going in slowly can be far more effective than drilling someone with an elbow or a thumb.Coaching the clients breathing throughout the session is also very effective
When a therapist works their way into a soft tissue issue slowly and carefully, they avoid client resistance, which often manifests in tensing up or holding one’s breadth. Once the clients begins to resist the bodywork, it is counter productive for both the therapist and the client
It often not only lends to a painful experience, but can result in bruising.
Deep tissue massage does not have to be painful! It is a wonderful tool for correcting and healing soft tissue damage, rehabilitating injuries and relieving stress. Using communication is paramount when recieving deep tissue bodywork.
If you think you are ready, don’t be afraid to take it up a notch! With the right therapist, deep work can result in relief of pain, healing of soft tissue damage, and even emotional well being
Others find that light or moderate pressure,( commonly refered to as swedish or relaxation massage), yeilds better results.
For some, this type of massage will coax the body into a state of heightened relaxation
during which time the body actually lets go of stress and/or adhessions in the soft tissue… all on its own!
This type of session often entices the production of seratonine and dopamine, two all natural chenicals that when released into the body, relax and soften muscle and connective tissue and create a sense of well being, or peace of mind.
Which is right for you?
Learning which type of pressure best suits you is subjective and may take some time to establish. Working with the right therapist is the best way to start.
Establishing trust in a good client/ therapist relationship along with good communication are key.
You may find that sometimes you respond to deep and other times to relaxation massage.It does not have to be ” either, or “, although for most, there is a decided preference
Ask a reputable , experienced massage professional what they can do to guide you on your journet towards health and wellness!