What Types of Massage Therapy are Best? Relaxation Massage for Stress Relief If you are considering a massage to address muscle pain, stress, sciatica or lower back pain, we offer multiple options for your needs and goals. The most common type of massage is called Swedish massage therapy or sometimes referred to as Relaxation Massage Treatment. In this treatment you will experience therapy to relieve muscle tension, providing relaxation to all your body. The therapist performs kneading and gliding strokes to initiate the release of tension in the soft tissues followed by gentle kneading and rolling with deep circular movements to assist with blood flow and break down scar tissue. Deep Tissue Massage Targets Painful Areas Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain. Hot Stone Massage If you choose a hot stone massage, you should expect to experience a relaxing treat! In your treatment warm stones are places on the targeted body areas such as acupressure points. Based upon your symptoms and goals, the therapist may use the stones as in a massage or they may be left in the same place. The transmission of heat to the body tissues serves to both relax as well as stimulate blood flow and energy to the areas.