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What are the 16 different types of massage?

If you’ve ever been to a spa or gotten a massage in Horsham, then you know there are many different types of massages. But did you know that there are actually over 16 different types of massages out there? 

In this list, we break down what each different massage provides. Starting with the four massages we offer here in Horsham.

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The four massages we offer in Horsham

Therapeutic full body massage

A therapeutic full body massage is a luxurious experience. It rejuvenates the body and mind in a relaxing yet energising experience. This type of massage begins with the back, neck, and shoulders to loosen up knots and promote circulation. 

The therapist then moves on to legs, arms, stomach and chest, all aimed at helping your body achieve balance. What really makes a full body massage unique is its emphasis on personalisation according to the individual’s own needs. Depending upon one’s ailments or stress points in the body, the techniques used by a qualified therapist can vary greatly, aiming to deliver restorative pleasure that lasts long after you’ve left the clinic.

Sports massage

Getting a sports massage can be the perfect way to treat your body after an intense workout. Not only is getting a massage enjoyable and relaxing, but it also helps to improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and overall stiffness, increase stamina and boost circulation in the treated areas. 

Depending on your needs, you can receive either a light massage or a deep tissue vigorous massage that utilises techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release or stretching, all combined together with soothing strokes to effectively reduce discomfort and help you recover faster. Give your body the attention it deserves by scheduling an appointment for a sports massage today!

Pregnancy massage

A pregnancy massage is an incredible experience for mothers-to-be! A pregnancy massage is a nurturing, therapeutic touch specifically tailored to the needs of expecting mothers. Through gentle and strategic full-body massage techniques, it helps reduce stress, soothe muscle aches and pains, promote circulation and mobility, encourage relaxation and facilitate a deeper connection between mother and child. 

With qualified practitioners offering this type of massage, it can be done in comfort through tilting tables customised for the pregnant form or using specialised supports to cushion the body for maximum effectiveness and safety for both mother and baby. Let go of anxieties about your pregnancy journey and enjoy the benefits of a fantastic pregnancy massage today!

Prenatal massage

A prenatal massage is a form of massage that can provide relief and relaxation during an otherwise stressful time. Instead of traditional massage techniques, this type of bodywork focuses on the needs of pregnant women and their specific health concerns related to pregnancy. 

Prenatal massage utilises longitudinal strokes, usually starting from the pubic bone and gliding towards the rib cage. Special attention is paid to pressure points that may help relieve congestion, cramps and sinus headaches often experienced during pregnancy. Not only does prenatal massage create a sense of well-being and relaxation in expectant mothers through hormone regulation, it can also help them adjust to all the physical changes they’re experiencing.

Postnatal massage

A postnatal massage can be the perfect way to rejuvenate a mother’s body and mind. This type of massage is done shortly after birth when mum is looking for some healing and relaxation in her newfound role as a mother. With gentle and customised movements for each individual, it’s an excellent way to soothe sore muscles, tiredness, stress and tension. 

The therapist works with the mother’s body respecting their physical needs and offering comforting attention. Postural shifts can also be addressed in a postnatal massage session, helping new mums reclaim their strength after the intense process of childbirth. A pleasant side effect of this massage can be increased endorphin production which increases mood and creates a feeling of joy in mums during this special stage of life.


Reflexology is an age-old art, with its roots tracing straight back to ancient Egypt. Although the practice has been around for centuries, it remains popular even in modern times due to its holistic approach to healing. The basic concept behind reflexology is that certain pressure points in the feet, hands and ears are linked to other areas of the body and organs. By applying gentle pressure to these areas, you can relieve stress, tension, and fatigue. 

Through this massage-like technique, practitioners use their knowledge of special reflex points to stimulate different parts of the body in order to encourage natural healing and restore balance in the body. So if you’re looking for a natural way to improve your overall health and well-being – reflexology might just be your answer!

The other massage types out there

Swedish massage

Swedish massage combines classic massage strokes with invigorating aromatherapy, helping to relax tense muscles and relieve mental stress. During a Swedish massage, your body is treated to long, sweeping strokes that aim to stimulate circulation, ease tightness in the body, and promote overall well-being. 

This type of massage also includes other beneficial practices like kneading tired muscles and applying pressure to areas of discomfort. All of this serves to create an incredibly calming sensation that allows you to escape the pressures of everyday life. So why not give it a try? A Swedish massage could be just what you need to soothe your mind and body!

Thai massage

Thai Massage is an ancient and beautiful healing practice from Thailand. This massage gives a holistic experience, encouraging the body and mind to open naturally towards balance and harmony. The main principle behind Thai Massage is the concept of Sen or energy pathways that run through the body, each with its own individual health benefits for massage treatments. 

During the session the practitioner will use their hands and feet to apply pressure along the Sen lines, working intensely to stretch your body into depths of relaxation it has never before experienced. These techniques are done in combination with more gentle strokes to help bring clarity and relaxation throughout your being, physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Deep tissue massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a particular type of massage aimed at stimulating the deepest layers of muscles and tissues. It’s a sports massage that exposes your body to intense pressure, kneading and friction that can be as deep as four or five layers beneath the surface. 

It works to realign deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue for a smoother, supple and more relaxed feeling about yourself. Depending on how you respond to it, the intensity can be uniform or go over certain parts of your body in a more focused manner. A Deep Tissue Massage is often compared to giving solidity and structure back to your muscles like nothing else before.

Shiatsu massage

Shiatsu massage is a Japanese-style therapy that promises to rejuvenate the body and soul. Its main focus is on “putting back” what the modern-day has taken away. The therapist applies pressure in various ways, using their hands and fingertips, to affect different points of the body. 

This helps to stimulate internal organs, reduce tension and balance energy throughout the entire system. Shiatsu massage is not only relaxing but also deeply healing and therapeutic. It is an amazing way to try something different, improve our health and well-being, and enjoy life more fully.

Lymphatic drainage massage

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of therapeutic massage that harnesses the body’s natural lymphatic flow and encourages lymph movement throughout the body. This helps ease stress throughout the body and increases immune response. The technique combines gentle and rhythmic strokes with directed pressure, allowing the lymphatic vessels to be stimulated, aiding in detoxification and dramatically improving overall health. 

By helping restore balance to compromised areas, this massage aims to provide feelings of relaxation, improved immunity, pain relief, and an enhanced sense of well-being. As a result, lymphatic drainage massage can be used for both preventative care as well as an adjunct therapy for many medical conditions.

Oncology massage

Oncology massage is an incredibly special and unique form of therapeutic massage catered to those affected by cancer or other serious illnesses. By integrating specific massage techniques, gentle touch, and compassion, oncology massage gently assists the body in its natural healing process while helping one to find a sense of inner peace. 

This specialised practice helps those struggling with pain, worry, angst, and more to manoeuvre the daily challenges that life throws their way with deeper ease. Reducing stress and calming nerve centres throughout the body can help support the physical and emotional well-being of cancer patients. With knowledgeable professionals guiding the way, oncology massage offers a supportive and nurturing atmosphere for individuals facing extra physical or emotional challenges.

Hot stone massage

A therapeutic treatment that originated from Native American healing practices, it uses heated stones in combination with a variety of massage strokes to induce deep relaxation and provide relief from muscular tension. Combining both the physical and energetic fields, hot stone massage allows for the penetration of warmth into soft tissue faster than just using hands alone. Everyday stress can be alleviated while the body is given time to recover and rebalance. As tired muscles relax and energy begins to flow, one cannot help but slip away into an oasis of peace.

Aromatherapy massage

An aromatherapy massage is a unique and special experience. Through this technique, essential oils are used to create an atmosphere of relaxation and well-being. The combination of scent and touch provides the body with the opportunity to truly relax and let go of any stress that has been built up. 

During an aromatherapy massage, gentle pressure will be applied on precise points while the aroma fills the air. This type of massage is known to help reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, improve sleep quality, enhance mood and restore energy levels. You can close your eyes as you inhale in blissful aromatic bliss – it’s a true sensory getaway!

Trigger point massage

Trigger Point Massage is an amazing form of massage therapy. Highly tailored to the patient’s individual needs, it focuses on specific areas within the body that are prone to “trigger points” — areas where tight muscle fibers can refer pain throughout other parts of the body. 

By utilising specific pressure and stretching techniques, Trigger Point Massage helps reduce tension and trigger-induced aches and pains. It can also help improve mobility as well as overall circulation. If you’re looking to reduce chronic pain and relax muscles, a Trigger Point Massage could be just what you need!

Couples massage

A couples massage is the perfect way to bond with your special someone while also indulging in some much-needed relaxation. An intimate experience, it involves enjoying your massage side by side in the same room with two different therapists who will synchronise their strokes using Swedish massage techniques. 

The best part is you can customise the session to whatever level of intensity you desire, whether you are seeking a gentle and soothing full-body massage with aromatherapy oils or an invigorating Deep Tissue Massage – no stone will be left unturned in your search for complete and utter bliss!

Chair massage

Feeling stressed, sore, and in need of some relaxation? A chair massage may be the perfect remedy! Chair massages allow massage therapists to work on many different areas of the body while the person remains seated. These short neck, back, and shoulder massages are usually performed with a client fully clothed in a special ergonomic chair designed specifically for massage therapy. 

Massage therapists can often provide targeted relief and address specific muscular issues, all while keeping the client comfortable and relaxed. From improving muscle tension to promoting circulation, melting away stress, providing mental clarity and more – chair massage provides an excellent balancing and healing experience for the body and mind.

Myofascial release therapy

Myofascial release therapy is an innovative type of healing that is revolutionising traditional healthcare. It works by releasing tension in the fascia, which is a web of connective tissue that supports and holds your body together. Through this therapy, therapists are able to identify areas of fascial restriction, break up adhesions, and move out old stuck energy throughout the body in order to restore balance and flexibility. 

As a result, clients often experience relief from the pain they have been carrying around for years. This therapy can be applied to all types of bodies and physical conditions thanks to its ability to tailor itself to individual needs. Whether you are suffering from chronic neck or back pain due to stress, inflammation from injury, or simply looking for overall deep body relaxation – myofascial release therapy can provide safe and effective answers for all your needs.

What are the benefits of getting a massage regularly?

Massage therapy is a wonderful way to invest in yourself and promote an overall sense of wellness. Not only does it ease stress, tension, and muscle tightness—it can benefit your entire mind and body. 

Regular massage therapy can relieve pain, improve circulation, increase flexibility, calm the nervous system and relax the mind. It can also release endorphins (the “happy” hormones) while improving sleep quality -all of which can help reduce fatigue, improve mental focus, boost creativity, and make us more productive. So why not give in to the power of touch? Get that massage you’ve been needing today and feel like a million bucks tomorrow!

How much does a massage cost?

Massage therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years for both physical and mental well-being. While the cost of a massage depends on the type of massage, experienced location, and individual needs, typically, a full body massage can range from £50-200. 

Some places might even offer discounted rates or packages to purchase multiple sessions at once for those looking to invest in their health. Ultimately, the cost of the massage isn’t as important as the quality – if you don’t feel cared for or comfortable during your session, then it won’t provide you with the desired results no matter how much you pay.

How to find a good massage therapist

Finding a good massage therapist doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It’s important to do some research and ask the right questions before committing to a session. A great way to start is by asking for referrals from people you know who have had positive experiences with massage therapy. 

Don’t hesitate to take a look at reviews online, as they can give you an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work with a massage therapist and provide helpful insight into their skills and techniques. Additionally, make sure the massage therapist is licensed and certified in your state, as well as up-to-date on the latest techniques in their field. Finally, once you’ve done all your research, take some time to communicate with the therapist directly – either through an initial phone call or message – so that you can both get a better understanding of whether they are someone who can meet your needs. By doing all these steps, you will be well on your way to finding a reputable practitioner that will provide you with a quality healing touch.

The takeaway on the 16 types of massage out there

Massage therapy is one of many ways to be proactive in your own health and wellness. With so many massage techniques available at our centre in Horsham and out there in the world, there’s something that can suit any need and preference. 

From traditional Swedish massage to innovative Aromatherapy Massage, the benefits of massage therapy are vast. And with reasonable prices starting from around £60 for 60 minutes, you can experience all the healing effects of massage at an affordable cost. 

That said, it’s important to do your due diligence when choosing a massage therapist; you should always check their qualifications and experience before booking an appointment. 

To ensure a worry-free relaxation experience every time, why not book an appointment with us? Our team has years of combined experience and is certified in various massage types – perfect for those who want a stress-free session catered specifically to their own needs and preferences. 

So if you’re ready to dive into the wonderful world of massages, don’t hesitate to give us a call or book an appointment online today! You won’t regret it.

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