SWEDISH MASSAGE is the most common type of massage and a great place to start if it is your first massage or if you are afraid a massage might be painful. During a Swedish Massage session, oil, lotion or cream is used to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes over your body.
RELAXATION MASSAGE is similar to Swedish Massage with slower and lighter strokes avoiding deep work that could be at all uncomfortable. A relaxation massage is good if you are a beginner or sensitive to pain, or if you had a lot of deep work done the day before at a spa that offers daily massage.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish Massage, but working with the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (connective tissue). It is a more focused type of massage, to release chronic muscle tension or knots called adhesions. Many people expect deep tissue massage to be an hour of intense pressure and pain, but this is counterproductive to the healing of the muscles; therefore not practiced by me.
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE is just another way to say that the massage is meant to have therapeutic (healing) purposes and health benefits, it also indicates that the massage will be a little deeper - - not just a pure relaxation massage.
SPORTS MASSAGE was developed for athletes who need to keep their bodies in great condition and quickly work out any stress or injuries. It can be used to get athletes ready to compete, support their bodies while they compete. But sports massage is good for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-pf-motion issues, concentrating on a specific problem area related to sports, like golf or tennis.