What’s the Difference Between Swedish and Neuromuscular Massage?

Before you decide which type of massage you desire, you should understand the differences in styles.

First, ask yourself if your goal is strictly stress relief and relaxation or do you seek pain relief from a medical condition?


Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is the technique that generally comes to mind when people think of massage. It is primarily used for relaxation and to energize. Light, gentle, and long strokes are used to help relax the topmost muscles in your body, also known as effleurage. Petrissage is a gentle squeezing or wringing technique. Friction is a circular motion that allow tissues to rub together to promote circulation and blood flow.

Stress Relief is Important in Healing

Stress symptoms present themselves in various ways. You may think your nagging headache or insomnia is caused by illness, but the stresses in your day may be the underlying cause.

There are many ways to reduce stress and regular massage helps relieve the tension in your body that stress causes. Stress affects your body, thoughts, and feelings. It can be a contributor to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Learning to recognizing how your body reacts to stress and taking steps to manage it can have many health benefits.

Neuromuscular Massage

Nueromuscular Massage

Neuromuscular Therapy is used to treat chronic pain. It’s a specialized type of soft tissue therapy designed to return injured tissue back to its normal function. Where other treatments to relieve pain have failed, NMT can provide long-term pain relief. It addresses postural and muscular imbalances, nerve entrapment, ischemia (reduced blood flow to an area of the body) and muscular trigger points.

You have most likely heard of trigger points or pressure points. Addressing trigger points involves holding pressure to a point of pain so the muscle will release and stop hurting. In most cases, this is very effective and many people achieve great results.

Relax in Style Therapeutic Center Combines Both Techniques

We combine Swedish and Neuromuscular therapy together. We discuss where your areas of concerns are.

Using Swedish gains trust in a muscle group. Your body gives clues on how you react to pressure to help locate exactly where the source of your pain is coming from. It’s important to know that sometimes pain may not be directly where you are feeling it.

To effectively treat pain through neuromuscular therapy, you may experience temporary discomfort to release the dysfunction in your muscles. Then the Swedish technique is incorporated along with heat to help promote healing.

Whether you desire an escape from the stresses in your daily life or need pain relief, Relax in Style Therapeutic Center is here for you.

NMT is effective treatment for:

  • General Muscular Ache, Pain, Strains
  • Neck/Back/Shoulder Pain
  • Arm and Hand Pain/Tingling
  • Leg and Foot Pain/Numbness
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Reduced Flexibility
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome