If you run a spa one of the most popular services requested is most likely the massage. It is important to have comfortable and reliable massage tables to ensure clients leave relaxed and satisfied. Massage tables often feature titling face cradles, removable arm rests and built in face holes for optimal comfort.

Massage equipment including essential oils and lotions are also important to ensuring a pleasant massage experience. While having the right equipment and tools is a major part of keeping clients of your spa satisfied, having a staff that is fully trained in all of the most popular massage techniques is crucial. Here we discuss a few of the most commonly requested massage types.

Swedish: Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular motions on superficial layers of muscle with massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing and is a great one for first timers to try.

Aromatherapy: Massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented essential oils to address specific needs. There are oils used to promote relaxation, energy, balance and to reduce stress. Aromatherapy is especially suited to help with stress-related or emotional conditions.

Hot Stone: Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain parts of the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers. The warmth is comforting and the massage therapist may choose to hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. Hot stone massages are gentle and great for people with muscle tension.

Deep Tissue: Targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue with slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massages are often used for chronically tight or painful muscles, recurring strain, poor posture, or recovery from injury. It is typical for people to feel sore for a couple days after a deep tissue massage.

Shiatsu: A form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger and palm pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to release the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.

Pregnancy: This type of massage is becoming increasingly popular for pregnant women. It is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage focuses on proper support of the woman's body and is customized to her individual needs.

A few other common massages not described here are Back, Sports, Reflexology and Thai. Whatever massage your clients have entered your spa looking for, it is important to discuss what ails them and decide together on the massage that is best suited to their needs.