How do I choose the right type of massage?

Not all types of massage are created alike. And, depending on the reason you want a massage, there are some therapies that are better than others for you. Once you know what you're looking for from a massage, it's easy to pick a type.

Your reason for getting a massage:

1. Healing

If you are suffering from minor sicknesses like flu or headaches, reflexology can help. Reflexology techniques focus on massaging the different "reflexology points" on the soles of your feet that correspond with the different organs in your body. To really benefit from reflexology, you need to have it regularly.

2. Muscle tension

Deep tissue massage therapy can help if you have chronic muscle tension. It’s similar to a Swedish massage, but the stronger pressure can relax muscle tension. Deep tissue massage therapists focus on the tendons, the protective layer of the muscles, and the deepest layers of muscle tissue.

Studies have found that even just one deep tissue massage session can cause a drop in your blood pressure. It can also trigger the release of oxytocin and serotonin, putting you in a good mood.

Another good therapy to release tension is craniosacral therapy. It focuses on a person’s skull and face as as well spine and pelvis. Unlike deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy use light touches.

3. Relaxation

Swedish massage and hot stone massage therapies are great ways to relax and relieve everyday stress.

4. Pain relief

If you're looking for pain relief or help with injuries, there's a type of massage that's right for you—but don't expect to just lay around get pampered, these massages are serious!

For muscle pain, therapeutic massage is meant specifically to address pain from tension, repetitive use or overworked muscles, and even joint pain. Myofascial release or sports massage may also be just what you need. Myofascial release focuses on the fascia or the tissues that surround your muscle, organs, tissues, etc. If your fascia is tense, it can cause pain in the areas attached to it. Sports massage uses many active techniques (in other words, you should expect to do some work yourself during the massage) specifically designed for athletic injuries.

If you’re not sure about the type of massage you should get, you can find more details on our helpful glossary page!

Types of Massage

Lymphatic Massage

Clean out that plumbing. Lymphatic massage stimulate the body's lymphatic system, aka the body's plumbing system. Read More >

Medical Massage

Doctor's orders. A medical massage is used for chronic pain relief or injury recovery, and is often prescribed by a physician. Read More >

Myofascial Release Massage

Relax your fascia. This massage stretches and elongates deep muscle tissue, increasing range of motion and circulation. Read More >

Prenatal Massage

Moms-to-be: a prenatal massage is custom-tailored to fit the needs of expecting mothers. Read More >


Reflexology is an ancient Chinese healing technique, using foot massage to relieve a variety of ailments. Read More >

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a whole-body massage where pressure is placed along your meridians to release tension. Read More >

Sports Massage

Whether you're training for your first 5K or 3rd Ironman, a sports massage can increase flexibility & help you avoid injury. Read More >

Swedish Massage

Looking for the massage with the music in the background and the nice-smelling oils? This ultra-relaxing massage is for you. Read More >

Thai Massage

Described as a mix between yoga and massage, therapists use many parts of their body to stretch and relax the body. Read More >

Therapeutic Massage

Borrowing from many other massage types, a therapeutic massage is good for reducing minor discomfort and pain. Read More >

Trigger Point Massage

A more targeted approach of massage, focusing directly on releasing tight knots and alleviating pain caused by them. Read More >

Acupressure Massage

Sometimes referred to as acupuncture without needles, acupressure is an ancient remedy of Chinese traditional medicine. Read More >

Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic massage is an ancient Indian remedy used to break down and remove toxins from the body. Read More >

Chair Massage

Ever see someone getting a massage in the middle of the mall, airport, or even at work? You're likely seeing a chair massage. Read More >

Combination Massage

A Combination Massage uses various techniques across acupressure, reflexology, Swedish, etc to relieve tension and stress. Read More >

Couples Massage

Two people + Two massage therapists = A perfect way to relax with a friend or partner. Read More >

Deep Tissue Massage

Painful knots in your back? A deep tissue massage will break them down, give you relief. Read More >

Foot Massage

Been on your feet all week? A foot massage helps alleviate sore soles and arches. Read More >

Hot Stone Massage

Some like it hot. Hot stones, that is. This massages uses heated stones to warm up your muscles and relax you. Read More >

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