Lots of people ask about different types of massage. There are different modalities such as Sweedish, Hot Stone, Reiki, Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Thai, etc. These modalities use different techniques of manipulating the soft tissues of the body. Typically there is some continuing education beyond massage school to get certified for these different techniques. But often the question is in reference to deep tissue/treatment and relaxation. So here is my soap box about that.
During my brief adventure in teaching at East West College, students would say “I’m only going to do treatment massage.” or “I only want to do relaxation massage.” Here’s the thing. Every massage should ultimately be relaxing the muscle tissue, and thus every massage will have theraputic benefit. The trick is tailor fitting the massage to the individuals needs. So… a treatment massage should be a relaxing massage, and a relaxation massage should be treating the clients soft tissue needs.