Like many health-conscious people these days, you’re probably aware of the many benefits of massage. But do you know your lomilomi from your tui na, and when to choose one style over another?
Whether you’re new to massage or are looking to broaden your horizons, you’re sure to find a style that’s right for you. A good massage can relieve stress and pain, and just plain old make you feel good. It can also enhance immunity and increase flexibility.
Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage, called modalities, which range from everything from the Swedish massage, to deep-tissue massage, to reflexology, to acupressure.
The wealth of options out there now can be a bit overwhelming, but on the flip-side, it also means there’s a massage therapy for everyone—even if you have injuries or limitations that you thought made massage out of the question.
As the spa-goer has become more sophisticated and adventurous, new styles of massage—some centuries old, some brand new—have emerged. But the quality of the massage remains in the therapists’ hands.
What follows is a guide to the various modalities with greater detail about each and how it may benefit your circumstance:
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If you’re just getting started with massage, Swedish Massage is a great way to begin. It’s one of the most popular treatments on spa menus around the world. Read more | Find Swedish Massage
Myofascial release techniques are used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient’s pain and by an improvement in overall posture. Read more
Shiatsu Massage guide including history and the benefits of this treatment and what to expect with a shiatsu massage. Read more | Find Shiatsu Massage
Enjoy a treat for the feet with this reflexology guide, and learn what to expect and what you need to know before you book this treatment. Read more | Find Reflexology
Rolfing is a soft-tissue manipulation used to structurally realign the body and enhance overall vitality. Read more
Spa-goers can share a pampering experience with a significant other. A couple’s massage isn’t just for romantics, though—mother-daughter duos and best friends may also enjoy some spa-bonding time with side-by-side services. Read more | Find Couples Massage
Do you know your lomilomi from your tui na, and when to choose one style over another? SpaFinder goes back to the basics, offering a crash course on back massage, the most fundamental and popular of all spa services. Read more | Find Back Massage
Scalp massage guide including the benefits of this spa treatment as an add-on to another service or as an exclusive treatment. Read more | Find Scalp Massage
Everything you need to know about Thai Massage often called “lazy yoga,” including the history and what to expect when you get this treatment. Read more | Find Thai Massage
Ayurvedic Massage is based on ancient Indian principles designed to heal the body and create a balance between mind, body, and spirit. Learn about all of the elements, including the central concept, dosha, that encompass Ayurvedic Massage. Read more | Find Ayurveda Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep-Tissue Massage targets your body’s deepest layers of muscle and releases tension in overstressed areas. It’s perfect for athletes and those who desperately need to de-stress at the spa. Read more | Find Deep Tissue Massage