What’s the Difference Between Therapeutic and Deep Tissue Massage?

What's the Difference Between Therapeutic & Deep Tissue Massage | Calgary WOW Centre | Integrated Wellness Centre | SW Calgary

Massage therapists who complete the 2200-hour training program offer a broad selection of services. These may include therapeutic massage, relaxation (or wellness) massage, pregnancy massage, and deep tissue massage. In order to better meet your needs, you can choose the type of massage therapy that feels right for you.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is great for decreasing pain by releasing restrictions in the body. It’s what you want when you’ve slept on your neck wrong and you can’t turn it, or when you’ve got a stress headache that won’t shift. Even for when you’ve tweaked your back shovelling snow or when you’ve got chronic painful stiffness in your neck and shoulders from working at a computer all day. Therapeutic massage may focus on just a few spots rather than the whole body and my use a variety of techniques. These may include very deep tissue (the ‘good pain’ type of massage) to much more gentle techniques like lymphatic massage depending on what your body needs.

Relaxation Massage

A relaxation or wellness massage is a wonderful way to de-stress and unwind. While some targeted techniques may be used to sluice away muscle tension, this kind of massage typically treats the whole body. It will often focus on the hands, feet, shoulders, face, neck and head to induce a state of deep relaxation. From this place of calm, the brain lets the body know it’s safe to drift into a place of healing and restoration.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is for folks who like very firm, deep and consistent pressure. If you’re someone who wants to feel that ‘good pain’ throughout the whole massage then this is the type for you. A deep tissue massage can have either a therapeutic focus — targeting a specific area of dysfunction or pain — or a wellness focus by treating the whole body but a with deeper and firmer pressure than the usual relaxation massage.

Pregnancy Massage

Expectant folks can receive massage at any point in their pregnancy though there may need to be modifications in terms of pressure and positioning depending how many weeks pregnant they are. Some folks find deep pressure on the neck and shoulders and glutes to be relieving while others enjoy a more soothing approach. Your therapist will do an evaluation based on your needs to determine the best course of treatment.

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