HWC offers many different types of massage treatments including; Hot Stone, Prenatal, CBD, Thai Table, Oncology, Indian Head, Reflexology and More!
Most of the different Massages that we offer begin with either Swedish, Therapeutic or Deep Tissue as a starting point. We often are asked, what is the real difference between those three options?
We understand that terminology can be different at different Centers, so in order to clarify what we mean, and you receive exactly what you are looking for, here are the standards that we follow for each type:
Swedish Massage is the modality that comes to mind when most people think of 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. If a client has booked a Swedish massage, knots will not be addressed as the assumption is that the client just wants to bliss out and relax.
When a client books a Therapeutic Massage (our best-selling treatment), the assumption is that the client would like some of the relaxation components of a Swedish, but would like deeper, more focused work where knots and tension are presenting in muscles. The pressure is mixed – some light, some medium and a little bit of deep where needed to address problem areas.
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic Therapeutic Massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. If a client receives over 30 minutes of focused deep pressure during a session, that is a Deep Tissue Massage.