Remedial, Swedish, and Deep Tissue Massage

When we think of the word ‘Massage’ many of us think of rest and relaxation, relaxing and unwinding at an upmarket spa facility perhaps? Whilst massages can indeed help us to relax and unwind, not to mention the fact that they help to promote a good night’s sleep, they can help beat stress and depression, and much more besides, another fantastic benefit of massages is the fact that they can actually help to improve our everyday quality of life and can help us to overcome various aches, pains, illnesses, and injuries. Three of the most popular forms of massage are: Remedial, Swedish, and Deep Tissue Massage, and we’ll be taking a brief look at all three right now.


Remedial Massage

– Remedial Massage is considered one of the most effective, most readily available, and most highly prescribed methods of treating and preventing various aches, pains, muscular injuries, muscle soreness, and general bumps and sore spots. The basic premise behind Remedial massage is that it is believed that soft tissue within our bodies, is able to respond positively to touch. Soft tissue can be: muscle, ligaments, tendons, as well as fascia as well. Remedial massage specialists will basically manipulate soft tissue within the body to create a therapeutic effect which helps heal injuries, boost circulation, relieve pain, and much more.


Swedish massage

– As you’ve probably gathered, Swedish massage is of course, Swedish in origin. In Western parts of the world, Swedish massage is the most common form of massage therapy, not only for injuries, but also for rest and relaxation in the process. For beginners that are new to massage, Swedish massage is often considered a great place to begin. What’s unique about Swedish massages is that they can either be quick and bracing, or slow and gentle. The tempo and intensity of the massage will depend on the personal style of the massage therapist, as well as what it is they’re trying to achieve. If the goal is rest and relaxation, obviously a slow and gentle massage would be recommended. The skin is lubricated with oil before the therapist begins and then various strokes will be performed which are designed to help break down knots in the muscles. For promoting relaxation, for boosting circulation, for detoxifying the body, and for various other health benefits, Swedish massage is ideal.


Deep Tissue Massage

– A Deep Tissue Massage is actually similar to Swedish massage, though the main focus is to realign layers of muscle that are located deeper down than usual. For stiff necks, chronic pains and aches, including sore and stiff muscles such as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) which is common amongst athletes, a deep tissue massage is ideal. The basic premise is that with injuries, aches, and pains, bands of rigid and painful tissue known as adhesions will be present. These actually block circulation and contribute towards muscle pain, causing inflammation and limited mobility as a result. A deep tissue massage will basically break down these adhesions so that mobility and pain reduction is achieved. Again, massage oil will be used, but the pressure applied during each stroke will be much harder than other forms of massage.


Sports massage, relaxation massage, and therapeutic massage

Massages have been used for literally centuries upon centuries, in cultures all across the globe and are renowned not only for their rest and relaxation-boosting properties, but also for their various health benefits as well. The great thing about getting a massage is that there are literally so many different variations to choose from, with each one not only feeling very different as it’s performed, but also providing a number of different and unique health, fitness, and general well-being benefits in the process. Three of the most common and popular forms of massage currently available are: sports massage, relaxation massage, and therapeutic massage. Here’s a quick look at each one, and what it is that makes them so unique from one another, plus a look at a few of the main benefits of each.


Sports massage

– Not surprisingly, sports massage therapy was originally created in order to help sportsmen and women and athletes in general to recover from intense training sessions, aches and pains associated with their chosen sport, plus perhaps even injuries picked up whilst they were competing. What’s especially unique about sports massage, is that not only is it ideal for recovery, unlike other forms of massage, sports massage also places an emphasis on prevention as well. Perfectly healthy and pain-free athletes often have regular sports massages in order to help them prevent injuries and to stay injury free. Even people that don’t engage in much sport or physical activity can benefit from sports massage, as it is ideal for people suffering from limited mobility, chronic pain, general aches and pains, stiff muscles, and a sore neck and/or shoulders even. Sports massage is a variation of Swedish massage, in which lymph fluids and blood are stimulated, whilst trigger points are used to target painful muscle knots and adhesions.


Relaxation massage

– When people visit spas and relaxation centres, relaxation massages are of course extremely popular. Not surprisingly, the main aim of a relaxation massage is, well, relaxation. It allows the recipient of the massage to recover from the stresses and hardships of day to day life, promoting rest and relaxation. With relaxation massages, the pressure applied is deep, yet not painful. It is rhythmic and flowing, and it is designed to promote rest and relaxation, rather than pain relief or injury prevention. To create the perfect ambience, the massage therapist will only speak quietly and gently when they address the recipient. Dim mood lighting will be used in dark surroundings, along with calming and peaceful music and pleasant scents from scented oils.


Therapeutic massage

– Some people would be forgiven for confusing therapeutic massage with relaxation massage because although different, they are pretty similar it has to be said. Basically however, any form of massage with health and well-being benefits can be considered therapeutic, although some therapists use the term “therapeutic” to indicate that whilst the massage may be similar to a relaxation massage, it will still be a little more intense and a little more hands on, due to the fact that it could be prescribed to help deal with chronic pains as well as aches and pains in general. Deep tissue massages and sports massages can sometimes be referred to as therapeutic as sometimes to aim behind therapeutic massages is to rid the body of painful knots and adhesions deep in the muscles.