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What’s the difference between deep tissue and relaxation massage?

From work stress to athletic recovery, there are a variety of reasons you might get a massage. Whatever the intention, it’s important to know that there are a variety of massage options to choose from that offer different benefits and results.

Someone looking to treat sore muscles will probably need a different type of massage than someone who is looking for a way to relax. While the idea of “massage” often invokes the image of someone lying on a cushioned table while a professional provides the treatment, you can easily get a variety of great massages at home. This is a cost efficient method that can be done anytime, which is important for athletes training for a race or busy moms who don’t always have a whole hour free.

Two of the most common types of massage are Swedish, or relaxation, massage and deep tissue massage. They are both excellent treatment options but offer different results.

What is the difference between these two massages?

Relaxation is the most common form, and what most people think of when they think of massage. This form involves long, fluid motions that are meant to relieve sore muscles and joints, promote relaxation and ease anxiety and tension.

A relaxation massage is great if you need to calm your senses after a stressful week or if you’ve been feeling anxious. They are meant for momentary relief as they are more about soothing aches and pains and not about treating underlying issues.

A deep tissue massage, on the other hand, is more of a therapeutic option that’s used as a form of treatment. This option works to release tightness in soft tissues and the deeper layers of muscles – as the name suggests. Unlike a relaxation massage, deep tissue massages require firm pressure to loosen kinks and knots and promote longer term relief. Using a portable massager allows you to determine how much pressure is appropriate.

This type of massage is beneficial for those suffering from chronic issues and are looking for back or neck pain relief. It can also be useful for athletes in training as their muscles may cramp up due to excessive use.

How to determine which massage is best

Both massages offer a variety of benefits, but it’s good to recognize if you need a deep tissue or relaxation massage. If you’re looking to improve your athletic performance, are preparing for a competition or need long-term relief for a chronic condition, a deep tissue massage will be the way to go. However, if you’re looking to improve your sleep, soothe your mind and body or boost your mood, then you might want to opt for a relaxation massage.

Luckily, the Moji 360® Massager offers both relaxation and deep tissue massages, so whichever type you need, you can achieve it with your personal massager.