Should I book a Swedish or Therapeutic Massage?

Originally Posted on August 18, 2017

Many clients ask about the difference between a Swedish and Therapeutic Massage because they are unsure of which will meet their needs.  Here are a few differences between the two services to help you decide which the best is for you and your body.

No matter what type of massage you receive, your body will benefit.  Both a Swedish and Therapeutic Massage will help you achieve a state of relaxation while increasing circulation and lymphatic movement.  If you are strictly looking to relax and are not experiencing muscle pain or discomfort, a Swedish might be the best option for you.  During a one hour Swedish massage, your therapist will use slow gliding strokes with a light to medium pressure to give you a full body massage. Swedish massages are perfect after a long week at the office or after an exam to put your mind and body at ease.  A Therapeutic massage on the other hand is perfect for relieving muscle tension or discomfort and improving range of motion.  During a one hour Therapeutic massage your therapist will implement techniques to help loosen tense areas and break up knots using a medium to firm pressure throughout your entire body honing in on areas where increased tightness or dysfunction may be present.

If you would like to receive a full body massage, which includes your back, neck, shoulder, face, scalp, hands, feet, arms and legs, it is best to book a one hour massage.  Please note that if you schedule a forty five (45) minute massage, your therapist will have time to work on a few localized areas of the body.  If you feel that certain areas need extra attention but that you would still like to receive a full body massage, a ninety (90) minute massage would be beneficial for you. Please ask about our new service, Massage with Reflexology, which includes massage and reflexology techniques and a warm foot wrap with your choice of essential oils.  If you have any additional questions, please ask our Front Desk Staff or Massage Therapists!

We are here to help. If you feel you need professional help to improve your alignment, posture or a massage please don’t hesitate to contact us (925) 284-6150.

Adaptation by Lauren Masi, Clinical Services Director at Lafayette Physical Therapy, Inc.

Arranged and Edited by Zack Krumland, BSBA, PR & Marketing Coordinator


Adapted from Maddison, Licensed Massage Therapist of The Right Touch Day Spa.

This article is intended as general health information and is not intended to provide individual specific medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or any other individual. Please consult your doctor or a medical professional before starting or changing a health, fitness, or nutrition program.

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