Regular vs Deep Tissue Massage

A commonly asked question: “What is the difference between a regular massage and a deep tissue massage?” While there are some similarities, the differences are: the technique, the pressure, the areas of focus and the intended use.


Regular massage uses gentle strokes and light-to-moderate pressure to provide relaxation. Deep tissue massage is a more forceful technique that releases tension deep in the muscles and connective tissues.

Regular Massage
When people think of a massage, they think of pampering, a light massage offered at health clubs, resorts and on cruise ships for relaxation. If you are looking for relief of stress, tensed muscles in your neck, shoulders and lower back then a regular massage will be helpful for you. It can leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and it releases surface tension. No specialised techniques are used in a regular relaxation massage session.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage treats muscles, tendons and fascia, a term for dense connective tissue, and it is best suited for people who engage in highly physical activities, such as sport and intense labour. Deep tissue massage treats injuries, chronic muscle pain and imbalance. It targets the deep inner layers of your knotted muscles, relieves pain and aids in the recovery from muscle tension and strain.

Before a deep tissue massage, you will discuss your problem areas with your therapist. Medical massage therapy treatment is planned with your specific needs in mind, for your health and healing.

Your massage therapist will begin with getting the muscles warmed up, then work deep into your problem areas. The aim is to realign your muscles and release chronic muscle tension from ailments or injuries. To achieve this, the therapist must apply greater pressure and will use whichever therapeutic technique is most effective for your condition. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.