Which Type of Massage is Right for You?

Article by Herb Kimble.

Each type of massage is unique and therefore uses different techniques to best address the patient’s needs. Here is a list of messages that are popular in massage parlors.

Swedish massage – A Swedish massage is a common form of western massage and offers the patient a variety of techniques that will relax the mind and the body. The message applies light, moderate or deep pressure to muscles or bones to increase the motion in the joints and to promote blood circulation. The increase oxygen flow in the blood helps to release toxins from the body.

Shiatsu – The Shiatsu massage style is a hands-on therapy which originates from Japan. The two main Shiatsu schools are one based on western anatomical and physiological theory, while the other follows traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu massages are performed on the floor and use pressure using the fingers or the entire palm. Shiatsu is used to treat headaches, insomnia, injury recovery, and more.

Thai Massage – Thai massages use stretching and pressure points to put pressure on energy channels. Asian massage parlors practice these messages on the floor and request that their clients wear comfortable clothing to increase movement. This form of massage uses yoga-like poses to increase stretching and to promote muscle recovery.


Key Signs to Look For When Choosing a Massage Establishment

Summary: The high volume of massage establishments in most cities makes it difficult to pinpoint which one is perfect for you. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know as a beginner.

With a number of massage businesses opening up all over New York, it may be difficult to find one that suits your taste. This guide is designed to showcase what aspects you should look for when deciding what type of massage establishment is right for you.


One of the first things you need to keep an eye out for is whether you are entering a legitimate business. As most of you know, some massage establishments are run without the proper licensure that’s needed. For example, finding an advertisement displaying a “cheap Korean massage New York” might warrant some looking into, especially the description doesn’t seem to fit the “therapeutic” mold.

Check online on some popular review sites and take a look at what previous customers have written. Now, it is important not to be biased, especially if there are some negative reviews. Keep an open mind and see why these customers came out unhappy. If it’s something miniscule and the review is outdated, try not to cross that business off your to-do list.

Check the Prices

Another important aspect is how much each type of massage treatment will cost. You don’t want to overpay for something that can be done by a similar professional at a similar rate. Like you would with other purchases, try and compare prices and check around before committing to one. For example, you could go with a “luxurious” spa that offers a variety of different services but focuses more on aesthetics, or you could instead choose a business, which offers both affordability and versatile service. Remember, variety is the spice of life.

Speak to a Representative

Some first-timers will actually call the business and inquire about the services. This tactic can help you obtain more information than you actually think. For instance, some establishments might not even have therapists that speak English, which not only affects you due to the language barrier but also because you’ll want to be able to directly communicate with the specialist who’s going to be working on you.

If certain parts of your body are sensitive for example, you might want to disclose that to your therapist beforehand so he or she knows what areas not to hit. Conversely, if you have a therapist that doesn’t understand what you’re saying, you might be in for a painful treat. Choose your location wisely. You never know what hidden gem you might find.