Massage is the practice of rubbing and kneading the body using the hands. Getting a massage in particular can be a problem, especially if you’re not sure of what type of massage to get. There are about 80 known massage types out there, each with its own unique characteristics. Once you know what you’re getting yourself into, all fears and uncertainties would likely go away, and you’ll have a lovely experience.

In this post, we’ll be summarizing the different types of massages to expect at Body Massage Wellness Spa in Downtown Denver, so you can start relaxing.

Below are 8 of the most common therapeutic massage services that our day spa makes readily available as well as the benefits of each, including massages that help with stress relief, injury recovery and pain management.  PRICE INFO.

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  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Sleepiness 
  • Dizziness

Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets specific muscle groups and problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.   Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, our skilled massage therapists can address chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.

This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic conditions.   Side effects may effects may include:

  • Muscle soreness
  • Pain
  • Tiredness
  • Headache 
  • General inflammation

Prenatal massage is customized to an expectant mother’s discomfort in areas of the back and lower limbs,  but is most often used to promote relaxation.  Most pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months.  Prenatal massage is a relatively safe, drug-free method to provide relief.    This type of massage promotes blood circulation to the entire body and to the baby.  Side effects, just like any type of massage may include:

  • Body pains
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle Tension

Just as the name would imply, hot stone massage therapy involves the use of warm stones.   The therapist places heated basalt stones on specific parts of your body, as well as holding them while they give you a massage.   The warmth of the smooth stones can be quite relaxing.   Also, heat has been shown to relax tight muscles, and therefore, the hot stones allow the therapist to relieve areas of muscle tension quickly.

The benefits can include improved sleep and relief from tension and stress.

Hot stone massage can result in body aches that might lead to some discomfort.  Also,  injury can result if the hot stone massage is not performed properly.


Sports therapy massage improves muscle soreness and tension, which helps the athlete boost his or her overall performance before and after working out.

Sports massage therapy is a good option if you’re active and consistently experiencing issues with repetitive use of specific joints or muscles. A sports massage can be provided for full body or as a massage that focuses on just one part of the body.

Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes to prepare for, or even recover from,  sporting events.

Side effects may include

  • Lingering Pain
  • Headaches/Migraines.
  • Fatigue or Sleepiness.
  • Inflammation.

Neuromuscular therapy, also known as trigger point myotherapy, is a type of massage therapy that focuses on putting pressure on specific “myofascial” points in your body to relieve the pain. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.

If a muscle is damaged due to excessive use or injury, the body releases toxins into the surrounding soft tissues. This results in decreased circulation, soreness and swelling. The nerve endings might respond in painful spasms.  Additionally, scar tissue can eventually form, which causes more pain and a loss of muscle flexibility and strength. 

Neuromuscular Therapy may provide relief for the following:

  • Poor posture
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint stiffness, including limited range motion
  • Arthritis

Structural Integration is a process-based massage, typically involving manual therapy that explores the possibility of change in how you use and experience your body. 

During the Structural Integration process, improved changes in posture and structure are achieved by manipulating the body’s myofascial system.   The focus of Structural Integration is on the fascia rather than on the muscles.   

Clarification of the term “fascia” may be helpful to understand this type of massage in more depth:  

Fascia is the thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin.  ( 

Structural Integration Massage is perfect for stress or in a personal battle with chronic pain. 


Reflexology dates back to ancient civilizations but was refined by an American physiotherapist in the 1930s.  

Foot Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to reflex areas like the feet, hands, and sometimes ears, of which energy is believed to be connected to organs and other body parts.

The therapist uses finger pressure and techniques such as kneading and rubbing to promote relaxation and healing in the body. 

Reflexology might be right for you if you want to:

  • Improve your overall mental health
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower your risk of heart disease


When you’re seeking qualified therapeutic massage services, be sure to check with Body Massage Wellness Spa in Downtown Denver.   Depending on your personal massage needs, we can help to guide you to the type of massage that may be most beneficial.   We’re also happy to match you with the massage therapist that might fit certain preferences as well.   It’s important to identify the massage therapist who might possess certain specialties and has an understanding of your needs, based on working with people that we’ve treated who have had similar goals. 

When you’re scheduling an appointment at Body Massage Wellness Spa, you’ll want to be sure to discuss any allergies, such scents or plant oils, so your massage will be relaxing and beneficial without any concerns.  

As a final suggestion, you should be prepared to drink plenty of water after your massage session to flush any toxins or lactic acid that might have been released as a result of tissues being massaged. 

If your muscles are tense and you’re ready for a massage, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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