Swedish Massage or Deep Tissue?
One hurts the other one doesn’t, right? Not necessarily. While most people think ‘the more pressure the better,’ that’s not necessarily the most effective strategy on an unprepared or unaccustomed muscle. I typically discourage deep tissue work on a client who has never had a massage before because it could be counterproductive for both client and therapist if the muscles are fighting against the deeper pressure. This could lead to an unpleasant first experience and outcome for the client.
While both can result in deep relaxation, the aim of each is somewhat different. For instance: