Therapeutic massage has existed since the reign of the Chinese Yellow Emperor nearly 5000 years ago, and its soothing and healing qualities have been practiced and perfected by many massage therapist ever since. The two most popular and well known forms of therapeutic massage are Swedish and Deep Tissue massage.
Swedish massage is a general relaxation experience that increases the overall circulation to the body promoting stress reduction and overall relaxation. It is soothing and a "light pressure" type massage technique.
Deep Tissue massage is designed for specific areas of chronic pain. For example, if a client presents with lower back pain, Deep Tissue may be used to try to relieve any muscle spasms that may be present and to try to help the body to "repair" itself. Deep Tissue massage is a "firmer" type of therapy. The added pressure may cause some discomfort but should never cause pain. It is important to note that one session of Deep Tissue massage will not repair a lifetime of muscle pain; instead, a program the client and therapist agree on should be implemented which will slowly but surely help return the muscles to optimal health.
Some of the problem areas that Deep Tissue massage can target may come as a surprise; a pinched nerve can cause a tremendous amount of pain and also interfere with daily life, but Deep Tissue can help to release the nerve and restore its proper function, ending the pain returning the client to a state of wellness. Tension headaches have been described as a "tight band around the head". These headaches can be anywhere from annoying to debilitating. Massage can "loosen" that band and help headaches to disappear. Poor circulation can also cause pain and impede healing. Massage therapy is able to stimulate more circulation in affected areas, which helps to end the pain cycle and gives the healing a "jump start".