If you’re wondering what type of massage to book, or if your Boston massage will be your first massage ever, Swedish massage is an excellent choice. Unlike deep-tissue or other specialized massages, which focus on specific areas of tension, Swedish massage aims to treat the whole body, using long, sweeping strokes to target the entire back and boost circulation. It’s also considered to be the most beginner friendly of all massage styles, as it’s focused more on alleviating generalized tension and promoting relation, rather than un-doing chronic pain.
Don’t be intimidated when you see photos of owner Cindy walking on people’s backs: that’s just her signature Thai massage service (which customers rave about). But Cindy’s just as capable with relaxation-focused Swedish massage, altering pressure and rhythm to suit her customer’s needs, and often lulling them straight to sleep.
If you need a more intense massage, Boston has plenty of options for that too. But one of the most popular options is a deep-tissue massage, which uses more intense kneading techniques than Swedish to really get into the deeper levels of fascia. Additionally, it may help to restore range of motion in sore or stiff joints.
Boston Massage studio may be no-frills, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort. It simply means that the therapists have eschewed the sterile, clinical setting for one that’s clean, cozy, and simple, preferring instead to focus all their energy into giving tailored, careful massages, and anticipating client needs by providing tea and snacks in the waiting room, or hair ties in the studio.
A massage is already an indulgent treat, but sometimes you just want something… extra. Enter everyone’s favorite massage add-on: hot stones. Hot stones can be added to any classic massage style, such as Swedish or deep-tissue, delivering therapeutic heat to tight areas and also helping loosen tension so the therapist can tackle it with less effort.
For hot stone massage in the Boston area, you can’t do better than Sea Spa in Medford. Check out some of the glowing reviews the business received from our customers:
The thing about finding the best massage in Boston is that it largely depends on who you are and how active your lifestyle is. And if you’re an athlete, you’re going to prefer a recovery-focused sports massage, which aims to alleviate aches brought on by repetitive motion, and may even help prevent injuries before they happen. Runners, swimmers, and weightlifters can all benefit from this type of massage, but it may also be a good choice if you perform a lot of physical tasks as part of your job.
Dancers, marathon runners, and bodybuilders are just a few of the types of people who regularly turn to E-motion Sports Massage for help with their aches and pains. The therapists here use a combination of deep-tissue and thai techniques to help rid the body of tension, and often teach clients specific stretching techniques that they can do at home to help aid in their recovery.
Your back might ache when you’re all on your feet all day, but what about your feet themselves? Turns out, neglecting your feet can have consequences throughout your body, which is why most foot massage therapists incorporate reflexology techniques into their treatment to try and bring about total-body wellness. How, exactly? Read our Guide to Reflexology to learn all about the ancient practice.
Feet aren’t the only body parts that get pampered during a reflexology foot massage at Happy Feet spa: in addition to start the treatment off with a relaxing foot soak with Chinese herbs, the therapists also treat necks and shoulders to some therapeutic kneading. Oh, and did we mention to complimentary beverages and fresh fruit?
Massages don’t need to be a solo activity: when you book a couples massage, you’ll enjoy the therapy while relaxing side-by-side with a loved one. This can be especially nice if you’re nervous about having to make small talk with your massage therapist, since you can have a conversation with your partner instead. Some couples massages even include complimentary extras like champagne and chocolates; but you don’t necessarily have to book one with a romantic partner. Couples massages can also be a great option for close friends, mothers and daughters, or anyone you feel comfortable with.
Customers love the personalized attention and thoughtful extras that accompany the couples massages at Rainbow Health Center. Here’s what some of them had to say: