What Kind of Massage Should YOU Get?

man in black shirt giving a massage to a client: text: what kind of massage should you get? Sometimes it can be confusing – you know you’re stressed, and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get? There are so many options available, how do you know which one will suit you?

That’s where your friendly massage therapist comes in – if you’re not sure, call or drop in for a chat, and we can help you find the perfect technique and style for your needs. If it’s your first massage, too, we can put you at ease and make sure you know exactly what to expect.

Meanwhile, here are some different types of massages and what they can do for you.

Types of Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most popular massages – it’s sometimes called the ‘relaxation massage,’ which is a clue; it’s great for getting rid of stress and anxiety. It’s also a good one to try if you’re new to massage as it doesn’t work too deeply into your muscles, and the techniques we use are all designed to relax and de-stress.

So what can you expect? Well, we use long, flowing strokes all over your body, combined with kneading, tapping, and circular motions. We’ll also use oils or lotions to make the massage smoother and feel great for you. If you’ve got tight muscles, aches, and pains, we can increase the pressure where you need it more. Swedish massage is helpful if you’re experiencing pain from conditions like sciatica and arthritis. It can also boost your circulation as all the techniques are designed to help get the blood pumping around your body.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is more of a remedial massage than a relaxing one, ideal for anyone who does a lot of sport or has very tight muscles. It can feel uncomfortable as your therapist will work deeply into your muscles and connective tissues to release any tension in them. It can feel slightly painful, although people tend to describe it as a ‘good hurt’ – and you may feel a bit of soreness afterward, especially if it’s your first deep tissue massage. Most people agree that it’s worth it as you’ll feel amazing afterward!


Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage is a supremely relaxing massage where the therapist uses specially designed warmed stones to increase its effects. This is an indulgent treatment that’s good for first-timers as well as those looking for pure relaxation. While you’re enjoying your massage, we carefully place the smooth, heated stones on different areas of your body. As part of the massage, they can also help penetrate deeper into troublesome areas; the heat from the stones helps loosen the muscles even more. This one will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

Thai Massage

Thai massages can be like a mini-workout, so they are best for people who have had massages in the past but want to try something different! It is an incredibly effective, energizing treatment where your therapist will use techniques like deep stretching, acupressure, and yoga-style positions to give you an intense massage. Thai massage is perfect for you if you have a lot of muscle tension, posture problems, or headaches caused by bad posture. It can feel a little uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. Always tell your therapist if the pressure is too much or if you’d like more.


Reflexology is so much more than just a foot massage. It’s based on holistic therapy, which teaches that pressure points on your feet correspond to different areas of your body. If there’s something out of balance in your body, working on the area of your foot that relates to it can help relieve the symptoms. It’s also very calming. When you have a reflexology treatment, your therapist will work on these different pressure points, paying attention to anywhere she feels a blockage. Even if you usually squirm when your feet are touched, the specific techniques and pressure we use are relaxing, and most people say they find reflexology enjoyable.

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Shiatsu is another type of massage that is fully clothed but uses quite intense techniques designed to relax you deeply and improve your well-being. Your massage therapist will use her fingers and thumbs, as well as her knees and feet, to apply pressure where necessary. You’ll usually lie on a mat on the floor or a specially designed bench. Although it’s quite an intense massage, you shouldn’t feel pain or soreness afterward.

With so many different massages to try, why not try them all or consult with your therapist which style would be the most beneficial for you on a particular day!

Brilliant Massage & Skin,

Burlington, Vermont