A Swedish massage is the classical style of Western massage which uses oil or lotion to glide over the body. It incorporates a combination of 5 basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration/shaking, and tapotement, to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation.
“Deep Tissue” on the other hand, is an umbrella term used for various techniques which can be implemented for more focused treatment. These techniques often require specialized training and are used to treat soft-tissue pathologies in the muscle, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.
Deep tissue techniques are often incorporated into a Swedish massage and used to treat “knots” and problem areas as they arise.