What’s the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage?

When clients visit they ask about the different types of massage and what they do? So here I am to answer this question about two of the most popular types of massage.


This is the type most people would associate as being your typical spa massage. It is primarily designed to stimulate relaxation and help relieve tension. This is done by using various techniques, including effleurage, petrissage and tapotement, to move the skin and muscles thus releasing the tension you have. The therapist will more than likely only use their hands in applying pressure to your body throughout this type of treatment.

Deep Tissue

This type of massage is designed to breakdown any adhesions or knots you have in your muscles and tissues. This is done by using a deeper pressure with some of the same techniques as used in Swedish but also including stripping and frictioning. Its aim is to release new areas of aching or stiffness and the therapist may use more than just their hands including knuckles and elbows. All of this will be done whilst checking you’re not in pain. With a deep tissue massage you may feel some tightness after, but this will pass within the next 24-48 hours.

Which do I choose?

Swedish is aimed at those that are stressed or achy from a long work out or day at work. For deep tissue it’s for those with a specific injury or area of tightness for example migraines or workout tightness/ injury.

I hope this helps with your decision.