With so many different types of massage out there, it can be difficult to choose which therapy is right for you. Some days you may want to unwind and relax while others you need targeted relief from tension and stiffness after a particularly stressful week.
To help you choose which therapy is most suitable for your needs, here is a look at two of the most popular therapies: Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage.
Keep in mind that every client, therapist, and massage session may be different. This is just a basic outline. Treatments by our therapist as Precision Wellness will be tailored to you.
What is the difference?
The short answer: Pressure.
Soothing massage that is gentle enough to put you to sleep on the table? Relaxation massage can do the trick!
Do you crave that good-pain feeling that really works out the kinks? If you’re a fan of firmer pressure from the elbows and knuckles, a Deep Tissues massage would be great for you.
There is no set guideline for great massages. Your therapist will use differing pressures and parts of their hands and arms depending on the area of focus. If you are an office working, your neck may be stiff from long days at the desk. For construction workers, your shoulders may harbor a lot of tension from a labor-intensive day. Tell your massage therapist what is ailing you and they will work some magic!
Tell us what you want
Clear communication about what you want and don’t want is very important! Therapist may have magic hands, but they are not mind readers. If your therapist is doing something that feels great, let them know so they can do more of it! Just as importantly, if there is a technique, pressure, or area of focus that you are not enjoying, make sure you communicate that early on so they can adjust accordingly. Simply, clear communication results in you enjoying your massage experience from start to finish.
Deep Tissue Massage – This is a full-body massage that generally uses a bit more pressure. Your therapist can target more trigger points and aim to get those knots worked out while still making you feel like they have covered the entire body.
“Deep Tissue” implies a specific focus on dense layers of muscle and fascia, it does not always mean deep pressure – “deep” can also refer to the impact of the massage on your body as a restorative therapy.
With numerous benefits, and not just limited to pain reduction, consistent Deep Tissue massages can help break down scar tissue and “knots” and promote long-term muscle rehabilitation.
Some of the conditions that could benefit from a Deep Tissue massage include:
- Lower back and neck pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Injuries and muscle tension
- Post-workout fatigue
Deep Tissue may also aid in lowering high blood pressure and cortisol levels, reducing stress and anxiety. If you are seeking relief from any of these things, book your next Deep Tissue massage online instantly!
Time to relax
Relaxation – the main goal of this massage is to fully relax. Therapists will typically use long soft strokes directed towards the heart to improve circulation and may target a few trigger points if you want that.
You can also enjoy an improvement in skin tone and appearance due to improved blood circulation. Some people have reported an increase in flexibility post-massage.
While reducing physical and emotional stress, a Relaxation Massage may also temporarily lower blood pressure and help manage stress-related affiliations. This massage also stimulates the release of positive brain chemicals that promote a feeling of well-being.
The ultimate goal for our massage therapists at Precision Wellness is to provide you with the most enjoyable massage experience possible. They will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, whether that be through a Relaxation massage or a Deep Tissue massage. Book online today!