1) Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy.
The Massage therapist will use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements called petrissage and effleurage on muscle tissue using massage wax, balm, lotion or oil.
Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
2) Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage can eliminate sore tight shoulders and improve restricted movement in neck, shoulders, arms, lower back and glutes. Deep tissue can also smooth knotty calves and hamstrings in the legs.
Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or sore muscles and repetitive strain, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage, after which they can feel more comfort in there body and increased flexibility.
3) Sports Massage
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.
A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
4) Back Massage
Some massage therapists offer 30-minute back massages. This is also a good option for beginners to massage to see what its all about. The therapist will focus on your full back, shoulders, neck and maybe arms.