Many people view massage as a luxury reserved for special occasions only. If you’re receiving massage at a high-end spa with hot tubs while wearing a fluffy robe, then I agree. That’s an indulgence. On the other hand, therapeutic massage is a holistic way to maintain your health and well-being. It can alleviate chronic pain and lower stress levels. You might even find yourself popping fewer over the counter and prescribed pain medications after getting into a routine of regular therapeutic massage.

I understand that trying to decide which type of massage is best for you can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. It simply depends on your goals for massage.

If you want to relax and chill out for a bit, Swedish Massage is my recommendation. It’s typically a light to medium-pressure session with long gliding strokes designed to gently break up knots. Your therapist may throw a few stretches in there, but the main goal is for you to walk away feeling like a pile of goo.

If you want to alleviate chronic pain and can tolerate heavier pressure, I’d recommend Deep Tissue Massage. It’s designed to alleviate severe tension in your muscles and the connective tissue on top your muscles, known as fascia. Your therapist will still use long gliding strokes like Swedish Massage, but with deeper pressure. They will also use their thumbs, fingers, palms and/or elbows as tools to break up painful knots. Stubborn knots often require “elbow grease” (pun intended).

If you are recovering from an injury or seeking relief from intense pain in a specific area, I’d recommend Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). NMT is based on neurological laws and pain patterns that explain how trigger points in one area can cause pain elsewhere. Our NMT Certified therapists often surprise clients when the source of pain isn’t always exactly where it hurts. It begins with myofascial release (MFR), specific strokes without lubricant to break up adhesions in your fascia and promote blood flow. The MFR is followed by trigger point work to alleviate knots and tension in deeper layers of muscle. It’s our most intense service and you may experience soreness for a day or two afterwards, but it’s also the most effective treatment for pain and injury.

If you’re a weekend warrior or an athlete training for an event, Sports Massage is my recommendation. Your therapist will use faster massage strokes and include some assisted stretching. The main goal is to help you recover from challenging workouts so you can achieve maximum physical conditioning.

Serenity Now Massage Therapy offers a variety of other therapeutic services, but this article does have a word limit. So, if you’re interested in learning more about Prenatal Massage, Oncology Massage, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Massage, Cupping Therapy, Full Body Cocooning (cupping with a vacuum therapy machine), Thai Foot Massage, Integrative Reflexology or Reiki, visit

I’m also happy to answer questions over the phone at 704-465-5527 or you can shoot me an email at You won’t be sipping mimosas in fluffy robes at Serenity Now, but you will receive a great therapeutic massage so you can relax and find holistic, long-term relief.

Published in Cornelius Lakeside Living Magazine February 2020.