Best Type of Massage For Pain Relief

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles

Heading to the Delta Center to watch the Jazz play their rivals can be a great outing with friends, but irritating aches and pains that won’t seem to go away can quickly ruin it. Whether you have nagging discomfort in your neck and shoulders, or lower back pain triggered by sudden movements, each can cause a variety of lasting issues that lower your quality of life.

Types of Massage

Fortunately, though, most pain can be quickly alleviated by massage of different kinds. Here are the best types of massage for pain relief so you can get rid of the ache and get on with your life.

Deep Tissue Massage

A common form of massage in the United States, this type entails manipulating the layers of muscle and tissue beneath the skin in order to promote recovery and pain relief. Many sources of pain in the body come from muscle tissue that has been regrown poorly after injury, overuse, or misuse – deep tissue massage is aimed at aligning the tissues in the correct manner, and promoting the restoration of proper blood flow in the area. Those who have suffered from muscle tears in the past will also benefit greatly from this type of therapy.


While many people believe that reflexology strictly involves the patient receiving a foot massage, this type is truly much more complex than that. Reflexology entails the practitioner manipulating specific points on the foot that correspond to internal organs, thus promoting proper function within the patient’s body. This type of massage is extremely relaxing, and can help relieve internal pain that a patient might be experiencing.

It is also extremely beneficial for those that work or move on their feet often, as it can relieve aches and pains that are a direct result or walking or running for hours on end.

Shiatsu Massage

This is a great alternative for those who are unable to withstand the intensity of deep tissue massage, yet are still looking for an efficient method that will quickly reduce their aches and pains.

Shiatsu massage entails the practitioner manipulating specific points on the body, applying gentle pressure for a specific period of time, and moving forward with the goal of increasing blood flow and overall balance in the body of the patient. The massage is closely tied with the practice of acupuncture, as the points pressed by the practitioner are exactly where the needles would be placed if acupuncture were to be used.

Many recipients of this type of massage feel extremely relaxed afterwards, and report both the reduction of pain and the improvement of mood, most likely from the practitioner’s application of pressure on spots that are directly linked to internal balance. And because of the gentle nature of this therapy, patients rarely ever feel sore or tight during the days following.

Pick the Best Massage for You 

Different types of massage will aid patients in a variety of ways, and it is important to discover what the best treatment option is for you. But no matter what you choose, after receiving a massage you will feel fewer pains and enjoy a better quality of life overall.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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