Which Massage is Right for You?

Spa enthusiasts enjoy a variety of massage services at day spas and on spa vacations. Learn about the most popular spa massages.

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:

Popular Spa Massages

Swedish Massage

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


Myofascial 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

Shiatsu Massage guide including history and the benefits of this treatment and what to expect with a shiatsu massage. Read more


Hot Stone

Find out why hot stone massages can make you sizzle or help you cool off before you book your next treatment! Read more


Rolfing Massage

Rolfing massage is used to align and balance the body through the manipulation of deep muscles and soft connective tissue. Read more


Reflexology 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


Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Get into the gentle rhythm of Lymphatic Drainage! Discover everything you need to know about Lymphatic Massages including history, benefits, and what to expect before you book this spa treatment! Read more


Couples Massage

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


Prenatal Massage

What moms and moms-to-be should be expecting before Prenatal Massage including benefits and tips! Read more


Back 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


Scalp 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


Thai 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


Ayurvedic 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


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


Hawaiian/Lomi Lomi Massage

Lomilomi Massage guide including the history of this massage, what to expect and what to ask before you book. Read more


Four-Hands Massage

Four-Hands Massage is a relaxing two-on-one treatment where two massage therapists perform a full body massage, allowing for deep relaxation for body and mind. Read more