At Rougemont Therapy Centre we offer both Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage; here we explain the differences.
Swedish Massage therapy is the treatment that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A 60-minute Swedish massage significantly decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as increasing the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customised to your specific needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage, sometimes called sports massage, treats deeper muscles than the more relaxing Swedish massage. The massage is still relaxing but is more beneficial to those who play sports, visit the gym, or just want a deeper massage.
We offer both 30 and 60 minute massages, during this session all of the major muscle groups are massaged, in addition to that provided by the Swedish Massage.