Swedish massage is light relaxing massage helping get the blood flowing and destress vs Deep Tissue is medium-deep pressure used to work the knots and aches out of the muscles. Many ask which is best for them and the answer all depends on if you are coming to relax and destress (swedish) or if coming to get rid of achy muscles and knots (deep tissue). If getting headaches then best to concentrate on neck, shoulders most to loosen the tight muscles
The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passiveand active movements (bending and stretching).