Deep Tissue vs. Swedish Massage

You might have heard we specialize in Deep Tissue Massage; in fact, you might see us because we specialize in deep tissue. However, many people don’t understand the difference between Deep Tissue Massage and a Swedish Massage.

 

Swedish Massage focuses on relaxation. Using 5 different types of strokes, Swedish Massage doesn’t typically use a huge amount of pressure to achieve its goals. It’s only called Swedish Massage in English and Dutch speaking countries and in Hungary; everywhere else, it’s called “classic” massage. The majority of clients who seek a Swedish Massage also want deep pressure. While technically, that would classify the massage as a Deep Tissue Massage, we understand what the client means. We can integrate deeper pressure into a standard massage.

 

A Deep Tissue Massage focuses on manipulating the deeper tissues of the body, specifically the fascia and muscles. Deep Tissue Massage has been proven to be a viable option for many different ailments. Livestrong posted an article about the benefits, including:
  • Reduces Chronic Pain
  • Improves Blood Pressure
  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
  • Stress Relief
We specialize in Deep Tissue Massage Therapy at Under Pressure Therapeutics because, while we want to help people relax, our mission is to serve Fort Collins with quality massage therapy services, and we believe the best way to achieve this goal is through deep tissue massage. By giving Deep Tissue Massage, we offer our clients an opportunity to recover from surgeries with breaking up scar tissue, to decrease chronic pain by stretching fascia, and to help athletic training and exercise recovery.
Please note that Deep Tissue Massage does not exclusively mean pain! And you shouldn’t be writhing in pain, either. This is wherecommunicating with your Licensed Massage Therapist is key! When giving a beneficial, therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, we want you at about a 6 or 7 on a pain scale out of 10. We want it to be a little high, but we want you to be able to breathe through it. If you’re not breathing, then you’re not getting benefits–you’re just paying us to torture you. A 6 or 7 is kind of a “hurts so good” kind of pain. If you can breathe through it, great! If you are tensing up the rest of your body to “deal” with the pain, not okay. As a tip: when it hurts, take a big, deep breath in, and see if your Massage Therapist does need to lighten up, or if you can breathe through it. If you immediately start wincing, that is NOT okay!
Deep Tissue Massage is the best option for setting the body on course of recovery for a full, pain-free life. If you noticed, we work within YOUR pain tolerance–a 6 or 7 for one person is another person’s 25, which is another person’s 4. Don’t feel “bad” for telling us it’s too much! Don’t apologize to us if you can’t handle that much pressure! That’s what YOUR body needs! And we work to give you what your body needs!

101 Ways Massage Will Improve Your Life

Massage really has a million benefits, but here is a quick list of 101 ways massage can and does improve lives every day.

Psychological:

1. Reduce Stress

2. Reduce Anxiety

3. Reduces depression

4. Can help to gain new perspectives by relaxing the mind which can help create new neuropathways

5. An escape from life / mini vacation

6. Helps you become more self-aware by knowing what is going on in your body

7. Increase mindfulness

8. Boost mental health and wellness

9. Increase vitality

10. Increases sense of well-beingSpaFinder

11. Increases productivity

12. Can help increasing reaction time

13. Can increase alertness

14. Increase mental clarity

Physical:

15. Improves posture

16. Increase range of motion

17. Decrease chronic pain

18. Decrease tension headaches and frequency of migraines

19. Hydrates and revitalizes skin

20. Reduce spasms and cramping

21. Keeps discs healthy

22. Decreases pressure on the joints

23. Decrease stiffness

24. Help manage carpal tunnel

25. Decrease jaw pain

26. Help manage chronic jaw issues

27. Ease sciatica

28. Reduce tender points

29. Increases metabolism

30. Reduces lactic acid build up

31. Lower Blood pressure

32. Reduce acute pain

33. Increase blood flow

34. Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues

35. Can aid in elimination

36. Ease pain in stomach from food poisoning

37. Ease chronic symptoms for post-polio sufferers

38. Increases blood flow to organs, allowing them to function better

39. Early detection of skin cancer

40. Help ease pain in clients in hospice care

41. Help ease painful oncology treatments

42. Reduces nausea in chemotherapy patients

43. Decrease and in some cases eliminate scar tissue

44. Strengthens immune system

45. Decreases recovery time post-surgery

46. In some cases, prevent surgery for tendonitis

47. Help decrease pain for sufferers of plantar faciitis

48. Lessen the effects of rheumatoid or osteoarthritis

49. Decrease numbness or tingling in extremities

50. Decrease the pain associated with scoliosis, lordosis, or kyphosis

51. Aid in recovery from strains or sprains

52. Decrease the pain from upper crossed syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome

53. Aid in sinus health

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54. Decreases recovery from workouts

55. Decreases recovery time from an injury

56. Makes exercise easier

57. Helps with exercise gains

58. Reduce muscle tension

59. Help athletes monitor muscle tone

60. Promote relaxation

61. Reduce muscle hypertonicity

62. Improve soft tissue function

63. Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state

64. Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high intensity exercise

65. Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise

66. Improve exercise performance

67. Decrease DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)

68. Reduce serum creatine kinase post exercise

69. Reduce swelling

70. Reduce irregular breathing patterns

71. Enhance athletic performance

72. May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly

73. Is the most efficient self-care regiment tor maintaining maximal athletic performance

Sleep and breathing:

74. Improve sleep

75. Increase sleep hours

76. Improve quality of sleep

77. Overcome feelings of fatigue

78. Practice deep breathing

79. Practice breathing

Pregnancy / women’s health:

80. Decrease discomfort during pregnancy

81. Assist in shorter, easier labor for expecting mothers

82. Decrease bloating, cramping, mood swings, and other PMS related symptoms

Hormones:

83. Balance hormones

84. Decrease urninary CRF-LI (a biochemical marker of stress-related symptoms

85. Decrease cortisol levels

86. Releases endorphines

Infants (Results of a case study):

87. Massage is a cost-effective therapy for pre-term infants.baby massage

88. Pre-term infants gained more weight with just 5 days of massage

89. Massage therapy by mothers in perinatal period serves as a strong time cue, enhancing coordination of the developing circadian system with environmental cues.

90. Over the 6-week period, the massage therapy infants gained more weight, showed greater improvement on emotionally, sociability, and soothability temperament dimensions and had greater decreases in urinary stress catecholamines/hormones (norepinepherine, epinephrine, cortisol).

91. Infants receiving massage showed fewer sleep delay behaviors and had a shorter latency to sleep onset by the end of the study

92. Massage may have a stress reducing effect on pre-term infants in the NICU.

93. Reduction of illness and diarrheal episodes in orphaned children in Ecuador

Medications:

94. Decrease use of analgesics

95. Ease medication dependence

Overall:

96. Great place to start for making changes

97. Improve health status

98. Improve quality of life

99. Work well in an integrative treatment plan

100. Increase the improvement when paired with other alternative health regiments (chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and more)

101. Valuable component of your wellness program

Sources:

MassageTherapy.com

Mayo Clinic

WebMD

Huffington Post

MedicineNet

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

Stretch Yourself

One of the best ways to prevent pain or limited range of motion is very simple. Stretch yourself! Muscles have four attributes that make a muscle a muscle: Contractility, the ability to shorten, or contract; elasticity, the ability to return to its normal state; irritability, the ability for the nervous system to tell it to do something; and extensibility, the ability to stretch. When you lose flexibility, you lose a very important aspect of that muscle.
LiveStrong says “Stretching is the unsung hero of exercise that keeps your muscles flexible, free from injury and feeling young.” They go on to say how massage and stretching are the best combination for workouts and muscle health for athletes. We have written two articles on how we love helping athletes, talking about Sports Massage and Meeting Your Fitness Goals.
The American Council on Exercise, or ACE, outlined their top 10 reasons to stretch. We agree with each of these reasons, but I wanted to outline a few of them:
  1. Helps to increase range of motion, which may also slow degeneration of joints.
  2. May reduce injury. Flexible muscles are less likely to experience an injury because you are working on one the the four attributes of muscles. Also, because it increases range of motion, your muscles have to extend farther to possibly injure itself.
  3. Improves posture. Because our society has us have a more rounded shoulder, forward head posture, stretching is the best thing you can do most consistently to help with your posture. We wrote an article that can give you more tips on improving your posture.
  4. Helps reduce stress. Well stretched muscles hold less tension and therefore, leave you feeling less stressed.
  5. Decreases pain. Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine which in turn reduces the risk of low-back pain.
Stretching isn’t just for athletes and gym rats. Whether you have a physically demanding job like construction or you sit at a computer all day, stretching is one of the most important things you can do for your body, especially between massages. Stretching will help repetitive motion injuries or soreness just as much as it will help someone who just bench pressed 300 pounds.
While stretching is extremely important, as we’ve outlined, stretching correctly is just as important. While we are not yoga instructors at Under Pressure Therapeutics, we do train people how to stretch for their problem areas. Many of the stretches that we teach are yoga poses or modified yoga poses. It’s important to stretch all of the fibers of your muscles. If you have questions, contact your massage therapist.
If you haven’t thought about adding Yoga to your health regimen, please give it a thought. If you think that you can’t do yoga, think again. Yoga is not about contorting your body into these impossible positions. It’s about getting a stretch. It’s about bettering yourself. It’s about moving into a healthier you.