What Are the Different Kinds of Massages? 7 Common Types

Picture this: you’re lying down on a soft mat in a wonderfully temperature-controlled room, getting all of the knots and kinks in your muscle tissues worked out. You emerge refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on the rest of your day with your body feeling far more nimble and capable than when you walked in.

This wonderful feeling is exactly what you experience when you decide to get a massage. In this article, we’ll introduce you to seven different kinds of massages, so you know which one you need to go with.

1. Swedish Massage

In this type of massage, the massage therapist will start out with broad strokes across your body in order to loosen up all of the muscles. Then, they gradually focus on specific problem areas that they find in your body (i.e. muscle knots and kinks in the tissue).

2. Aromatherapy Massage

This type of massage is fairly self-explanatory. In the room, an essential oil diffuser will introduce various different aromas to the room.

The goal of these healthy scents is to help your body relax. This, in turn, helps the muscles to loosen, allowing you to gain more out of the massage.

3. Hot Stone Massage

Heat is one of the significant factors that can make or break a massage. Because just the right amount of heat can help loosen up your muscles, this type of massage therapy uses warmed stones placed on specific problem areas on your body to loosen the muscles before the massage therapist applies their skilled hands to that area.

4. Deep Tissue Massage

This type of massage will leave you feeling more loose and elegant than ever before. However, it can be a painful process as you are experiencing it!

With a deep tissue massage, the massage therapist uses pressure points on your body to really get into the deeper layers of muscle tissue and help problem areas. This can be painful, but only in the “hurts so good” kind of way.

5. Shiatsu Massage

This type of Japanese massage incorporates rhythm to the Swedish massage. The result is pleasant as the massage therapist’s fingers dance across your body.

6. Thai Massage

The Thai massage is unique in how it focuses on stretching the body while also applying pressure to problem areas in the muscle. The stretching helps to loosen the muscles while increasing your mobility.

7. Sports Massage

Professional athletes have this type of massage done after almost every game. It helps the body recover after drawing a lot of energy from constant muscle use.

A sports massage is essential if you want to wake up without feeling sore after a long workout.

Which of These Different Kinds of Massages Is Right for You?

Now that you know the different kinds of massages that you can opt to choose, all that’s left is to figure out which one makes the most sense for your body! Whichever one you choose, know that your muscles are in for a treat.

For more health advice, be sure to check out the rest of the articles on the website.

Diana Muniz
Diana Muniz

With over 20+ years of experience in a variety of corporate and entrepreneurial environments, Diana has developed a great understanding of Marketing Strategy, Brand Development, Customer Success, Public Relations and Management. Her internal drive for developing others and external brands, has allowed her to work in some of the largest cities in the world including Milan, Paris, NY, Mexico, and the Middle East. This experience has been fundamental to Diana’s success and ability to communicate cross-culturally.