Russian deep tissue massage is based on techniques that have been used extensively in Russia for over 100 years. It is based on the philosophy that through massage the body can learn to heal, relax and repair itself.
It uses many unusual techniques, but they do use similar terms to Swedish massage.
The Russian deep tissue massage style of tapotement is less intrusive than the Swedish style, covers a larger surface area and is used to increase blood flow to the muscles.
Russian massage also uses some friction techniques and also a “sawing” technique is an intense style of massage that adds a lot of heat to the muscles and is helpful for chronic muscular problems.