When you walk into our affordable massage clinic in San Antonio, you’ll find there are different kinds of massages offered. You’ll find this is true in most other massage studios as well. While it is our job to provide massage for pain relief or address any other physical needs you have, there is a difference between massage styles. Understanding these differences can make it easier to know what to expect in a treatment from our licensed massage therapist.
In general, this is the most common form of massage therapy (at least in the United States). It uses long, sweeping strokes, along with kneading of the muscles. Some deep pressure is applied to specific spots using the thumb and fingertips in order to provide a massage for knots.
Hot stone massage
You may wonder how this works, as it is different from most other massage options. With hot stones, the heat from the stones helps soften up the muscles, reducing tension and making it easier to work the stress out of your body. It is like stepping into a hot bath, where at first it feels too hot, but as your body becomes accustomed to the heat you can relax and feel your stress flowing away.
Deep tissue massage
Look to a deep tissue massage when you have a specific pain in an area of your body. Perhaps your back is tense or you have a sharp pain in your shoulder. With deep tissue, it’s all about correcting this area of the body. There is a good amount of pressure applied here in order to work out the knots. Often, you’ll be asked about the level of pressure applied. Working out a knot can be painful initially, but once the knot is gone you’ll feel like a new person. This kind of massage is more about correcting pain than simply relaxing.
Thai/trigger point massage
This kind of massage focuses on specific pressure/trigger points. It is used to help with chronic muscle pain and other forms of tension. Again, this is a form of massage best suited to correct painful problems in the muscles.