Understanding the Different Types of Massages

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Massage Treatments in Myrtle Beach There are different types of massages that focus on different parts of your body. During your massage in Myrtle Beach, an experienced therapist will apply gentle or strong pressure to your muscles and joints to relieve tension and pain. 

While for many, a massage is an occasional treat, there are plenty of benefits to be gained from regular massages. The only question is, which massage should you book?

Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage is a popular choice amongst clients. Based on the Western concepts of physiology and anatomy. Using oils, the massage therapist starts with broad general strokes, transitioning to specific strokes that target problem areas. Swedish massage consists of five basic strokes:  ¥ Vibration – shaking and rocking movements ¥ Tapotement – percussion strokes ¥ Petrissage – lifting, kneading, and rolling ¥ Effleurage – smooth, long strokes ¥ Friction – small circular movements

Hot Stone Massage

For this type of treatment, a therapist uses hot basalt mineral stones that represent your chakras. As the smooth stones move over the muscles, muscle tension is released. Hot stone massage can also align subtle energies within your body for enhanced harmony.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is a Swedish massage with essential oils that are extracted from different plants and all of which affect your body differently. These oils are super-concentrated on their own, but they are diluted and worked into the skin during the massage, where different oils can help with pain, anxiety, stress, and mood. Some of the most commonly used essential oils include chamomile, peppermint, lavender, and sage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Compared to a Swedish or aromatherapy massage, deep tissue massage uses more pressure. It’s fantastic if you have chronic muscle problems, like injury, soreness or an imbalance. A deep tissue massage can help relieve tight muscles and pain while melting away anxiety. During the massage, the therapist uses slow strokes combined with deep finger pressure to relieve tension from deep within your muscles and tissues. 

Lymphatic Massage

A lymphatic massage uses light, gentle, and repetitive strokes to stimulate your lymphatic system. It’s perfect for reducing swelling post-surgery or from injuries.

Sports Massage

Sports massages are similar to deep tissue and Swedish massages but are often reserved for active people and athletes. Sports massage is designed to respond to the demands of sports on the body to help aid recovery and boost performance.  Sports massage therapists are trained to treat pain and soreness, and often have an advanced understanding of anatomy and physiology, but also sports and different skill levels.  We offer sports massage in Myrtle Beach specifically for golfers who need to release tension in their hips, lower back, and shoulders. The massage includes different techniques, including deep tissue, Swedish and trigger point therapy.

Pregnancy Massage In Myrtle Beach

Pregnancy massages, like our Mommy-to-Be massage, help decrease swelling and tension while enhancing circulation for pregnant women and well as women who have just given birth.


During a reflexology session, a therapist uses finger pressure and techniques like rubbing and kneading on your feet to promote healing and relaxation. This type of massage is based on reflex areas on your feet and hands, where energy is believed to be connected to your body parts and organs.  With pressure applied to the reflex points, the therapist works to balance your nervous system while stimulating endorphins, which is your body’s natural pleasure response. Overall, reflexology reduces discomfort and stress. Choosing the right message all depends on what you want to achieve, but no matter which type you choose, you can look forward to relaxation, rejuvenation, and feeling brand-new. Isn’t it time you treated yourself?

__Book a massage with the experienced Cinzia Spa team in Myrtle Beach today.