There are many types of massages and sometimes the same massage goes by different names. Here are the top ten most common types of massages.
1. Relaxation Massage
Relaxation massage, as the name says is aimed at helping or encouraging relaxation and stress relief. Relaxation massage has many health benefits but in this type of massage, the therapist will go slower and avoid anything that could cause discomfort to the client. If you are new to massage or you are not tolerant towards pain, relaxation massage is good for you.
2. Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage
Prenatal or pregnancy massages are for pregnant women who need to relax or calm their nerves. This type of massage is also used to relieve back strain or leg muscle pain due to the pregnancy. In the second or third trimesters, doctors will usually encourage expectant mothers to get massages to relieve the pain put on their backs by the additional weight in the belly. It is important that you seek out a trained prenatal or pregnancy message therapist if you decide to get a massage during pregnancy.
3. Couples massage
In couples massage, couples (any two people) are massaged at the same time by two massage therapists in the same room. They could be husbands and wives, moms and daughters, best friends, same sex couples or boyfriend and girlfriends. During couple’s massage sessions you can choose to talk or stay quiet, there are no rules here. In addition, the setting can be as simple as two tables in a room big enough to hold them or an elaborate spa setting.
4. Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage differs from Swedish massage in that the therapist works the deeper tissues and muscles of the body to relieve stress and pain. Deep tissue massage techniques are the same as Swedish massage. The intensity differs from Swedish massage though.
5. Therapeutic Massage
The purpose of therapeutic massage is to help relaxation of various muscles. This type of massage has therapeutic purposes and other health benefits. This is one of the oldest forms of massage and in the early days where Day Spas were known primarily as “Massage Parlor”, therapeutic massage was the most common type of massage.
6. Full Body Massage
Full body massage indicates that the entire body will receive treatment. Full body massage is not targeted at a particular part of the body. The purpose is primarily full body relaxation and stress management. The therapist will usually massage your legs, arms, neck and more. They last about 30 minutes
7. Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massages use hot stones to “melt” away stress and relax fatigued muscles. They are very popular forms of massages that use heated round stones. These stones are placed in certain parts of the body including the back, neck, arm and more. They act as an extension of the therapists’ arms to aid in relaxation. Used correctly, hot stones are very effective but require a lot of skill so ask questions before agreeing to hot stone massage because quality can differ from one Day Spa to next.
8. Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is the same as Swedish or Deep tissue massage with the addition of fragrant oil such as lavender or peppermint oil. The oil helps affect mood and reduce pain. This form of massage is best when the therapist uses high quality therapeutic oil that alleviates specific needs.
9. Sports Massage
Sports therapy is geared towards those involved in sporting activities. They help keep muscles relaxed and pain free. Sports massage also quickens the healing process after injury. Though aimed at athletes, sports massage is good for anyone suffering from chronic pain, injury of has motion issues.
10. Swedish Massage
This is considered the most popular form of massage. You should start with this type of massage if this is your first time or you are pain intolerant. You are usually nude under the sheet during this massage but therapists take care to respect your privacy. Oil is used during Swedish massage.