Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage have earned their popularity over the decades. This is because of the unique technique used in both massages. Both Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage are meant for the similar purpose of relaxing and pain relieving knowing the importance of massage is no less but the techniques are very different in the area of focus and pressure levels. Read on to know the detailed differences between these two massages before deciding to see a therapist as the importance of even having a massage is

What’s the difference

Differences between Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue massage range from technique, pressure, purpose, and average price rate. If you are wondering what the difference is between both massages, read along to know more.

About Swedish massage

Swedish massage is quite popular among massage therapists. Its long existence and high demand have earned it the name, classic massage. The technique used in this massage is done when the muscle tension is smoothly released from one’s body.

In contrast with Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage uses light to medium pressure massage.  It is then recommended to people who want to have relaxed muscles after a long stressful week.

Technique For Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is done through the following techniques.

  • Slow Joint movement
  • Kneading
  • Protracted strokes
  • Intense circular motions

After a Swedish massage,  you should expect the following result

  • Relaxed muscles
  • Nerve Stimulation
  • Increase in blood circulation
  • Lymph Drainage


Swedish massage uses a slow and soft pressure application on the muscles. This is because it is done for every regular person and no one wants intense pressure on their body after a long stressful week.


Swedish massage is suitable for an individual person who seeks to relax after a long day and other goals such as.

  • Reducing muscular pain
  • Increase blood flow
  • Increases body movement.
  • Reduces emotional
  • Improves relaxation and sleep
  • Increases Dopamine hormones
  • Improves the immune system

The above are a few purposes of Swedish Massage. However, there are lots more reasons people do Swedish massages. Whatever reason is yours, it is worth booking an appointment for.

About Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is another most demanded massage around. However, compared to Swedish massage, Deep tissue massage has medium to intense pressure and is more focused on muscular tension reduction. This is why this massage is often recommended for athletes and individuals who work in a more intense environment.


Deep Tissue Massage applies deep pressure through the following techniques.

  • Trigger point Therapy.
  • Elbow Pressure
  • Double finger pressure
  • Knuckle Pressure
  • Thumb Rows

The deep pressure applied is because it is done for athletes and people with severe pain disorders like lower back pain, fibromyalgia, body pain, frequent muscle pulls, and lower back pain. Massage therapists focus on the muscles, tendons, and fascia.


Deep Tissue uses a pressure different from Swedish massage. This is because it is done for athletes and people with deep injuries. If you don’t fall into any of the above categories, you should avoid Deep Tissue Massage.


Deep Tissue Massage is quite a in demand because it performs the purposes below.

  • Lessens Pain
  • Reduces Depression
  • Relieves Body Tension
  • Increases Happy Hormones
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases recovery rate from injuries.
  • Prepares you for sporting activities and other hard work.

What to do before your massage appointment?

Since Deep Tissue Massages uses a unique massage technique, it is important to do the following things before you make an appointment.

  1. Find a Professional, licensed massage therapist for your service, especially someone trained in the line of sports injuries, arthritis, and re-enact.
  2. Know if you have any underlying health condition that may worsen after the massage
  3. If you are getting your massage because of your injuries, let your therapist know the extent of such injury and how long you’ve had it.
  4. Let your therapist know the extent of pressure you can take.
  5. Take a warm shower.
  6. Keep your body hydrated.

Average Pricing of Swedish massage

Swedish Massage Ranges from AED284 for a 60 minutes session and AED420 for a 90 minutes session, the prices indicated here are for a home massage session by Nooora’s trained therapists.

Average Pricing of Deep Tissues

Deep Tissue Massage ranges from about AED340 for a 60 minutes session and AED525 for a 90 minutes session, again the prices are of Nooora’s home massage.


Swedish and deep tissue massages use similar techniques but different levels of pressure are applied. Now that you have known the similarities and differences between Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage, you can go ahead and make an appointment with your preferred professional massage therapist.

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