Getting bodywork can always be a wonderful thing, especially when you really need it.  It’s also really good to know about the type of the bodywork that you’re signing up for.  The more information that you learn about different services empowers you and ensures that you’re getting the right type of service for your needs.  


What is deep massage?  

Deep massage uses firm pressure and tends to be a full body service using either unscented or essential oil, or cream.  In many cases, deep massage is still a Swedish massage.  The therapist will use more of their body weight and focused skills to create a deeper pressure.  Technique tends not to stray too far from the typical Swedish style (which uses effleurage, petrissage, kneading, vibration, rhythm of movement, strokes, tapping and compression); although they may be a little more intense than a typical light to medium pressure.


What to expect:

  • Clothes off session
  • May use oil (unscented or scented) or cream (that may have Arnica in it)
  • May experience intense sensation in troubled areas

Deep Swedish Massage uses a firmer degree of:

  • Effleurage
  • Kneading
  • Compression
  • Tapotement
  • Heavier strokes
  • Petrissage
  • Vibrations

Therapist may use to accomplish this firm pressure:

  • More of their body weight
  • Forearm
  • Elbow
  • Knuckles
  • Thumbs

Deep Swedish massage(deep pressure massage) is known for:

  • Stress reduction
  • Muscle release
  • Overall relaxation
  • Relief from aches and pains
  • Relief from discomfort
  • Increase circulation of blood flow
  • Increase oxygen levels

When you don’t have time to get a massage from a therapist or in between your appointments, here is another option.  Deep Tissue Roller from Gaiam. Click here to find out more about it’s use and benefits.

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