First of all there are various types of massage. Depending on what you are trying to achieve will depend on the best form of massage for you. Also what needs to be taken into account is your state of mind. Are you stressed? Do you need to liven up? Do you need particular muscles worked on which may have been exerted during exercise? Do you just want to be pampered?
Ayurvedic treatments will be dependant on your body type and state of mind. Your predominant body type will be Vata, Pitta or Kapha. The therapist will aim to balance all 3 of these doshas.
Sports treatments can often be less relaxing but do not need to be painful to be effective, which seems to be a misconception of sports massage. Muscles can be manipulated and worked on giving a very positive outcome whilst still feeling pleasurable. The movements can be quite deep with some kneading actions to work a muscles and get some circulation in the area.
Hot stones are a lovely compliment to any massage to add warmth and encourage blood circulation to get the best out of a massage.
Aromatherapy has enormous therapeutic benefits. Some essential oils can be very potent and are always used with a carrier oil as they are much too strong to be used on their own. Typically this type of massage would be much more relaxing with long, deep, flowing strokes.
Overall, here at KCH, we will aim to match a treatment to your needs on that occasion. We are guided by our clients in terms of pressure to use. No massage should ever be so uncomfortable that you tense up with the movements. This is totally counterproductive. You should always walk out of a treatment room feeling much better than when you walked in.