Which Type of Massage is Right for You?

From Hawaiian massage to aromatherapy, options are seemingly endless.


  • Aromatherapy massage: This technique incorporates plant-based scented oils that are designed to increase energy or relieve stress.
  • Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue with slower strokes and friction. It relieves chronically tight muscles and aches from repetitive strain.
  • Hawaiian massage uses fingers, palms, forearms and sometimes sticks and stones to stroke, knead and stretch joints and muscles.
  • Hot stone massage: Smooth, heated stones are placed on various parts of the body to relax muscles. This eases muscle tension without the friction of deep tissue massage.
  • Prenatal massage is a gentle massage designed to reduce the aches, pains and stress of pregnancy.
  • Reflexology: Pressure is applied to various points in the feet that correspond to various body organs. It is good for relaxation, especially of tired feet.
  • Shiatsu is a Japanese technique that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on the body’s acupuncture points. It promotes balance and energy.
  • Sports massage is a combination of quick strokes and stretching to enhance athletic performance and prevent injuries.
  • Swedish massage is a combination of long smooth strokes, circular movements and kneading on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. It promotes relaxation.
  • Thai massage: The therapist moves and stretches the client’s limbs and other body parts. It improves flexibility and range of motion.

(left) Christopher Asay of Christopher Asay Massage in Dover has seen an increase in demand for Thai massage. (right) Limestone Massage

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