This is the most common type of massage therapy, and what many people are thinking about when they hear the word “massage” it is also called a relaxing massage.
Best for: intro to massage, stress relief, relaxation, releasing cramped or tense muscles.
Hot Stone Massage:
During hot stone massage, your body is not only weighted down with hot, smooth stones, but the masseuse also uses the stones to massage your body. It’s like being caressed by the smoothest (rollerball-like) hands. A hot stone massage is mostly relaxing, but it also is more invigorating than your run-of-the-mill massage, thanks to the almost-too-much heat bringing you back to focus on the moment instead of letting you drift off. The heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively.
Best for: “Centering” yourself, releasing very tense muscles, relaxation
Deep Tissue Massage:
As the name suggests, deep tissue massage applies deep pressure onto specific trouble points. The purpose by pushing into your knotted muscle, and the massage can leave you feeling sore. It’s not just more pressure all over your body, however, it’s very specific, methodical treatment.
This is not the kind of massage to ask for if you expect to feel relaxed during the therapy, and afterwards you might feel sore for a couple of days.
Best for: Treating stiff, painful trouble spots like the shoulder and neck