The Differences Between Our Selection of Massage Types

A massage not only feels good, but it can also provide the body any number of valuable benefits, including stress-relief, release of knotted muscles, preparation for and recovery from athletic activity and a smooth pregnancy, among others. They key to benefitting most from the massages you receive is identifying exactly which type of bodywork provides you the therapy you most need at the time. Below, we’ve listed six of the most common types of massage we offer at Vasaio Life Spa and the primary differences between them.


When most people think of massage, it’s the Swedish technique they’re thinking about, whether they realize it or not. Swedish bodywork is a relaxing, stress-relieving form of bodywork that releases tense or cramped muscles. Unlike the Eastern bodywork methods formed around the energy centers of the body, Swedish bodywork is rooted firmly in Western comprehension of basic human anatomy and physiology. The Swedish method is the perfect form to receive as one’s introduction to bodywork therapy, and it lends well to couples sessions as well.

The Swedish method is comprised of a combination of three essential bodywork techniques, applied with oil or lotion:

  • Effleurage – long, smooth strokes performed usually at the beginning and end of a session
  • Petrissage – the kneading and rolling of muscles, not unlike kneading dough, as well as lifting motions
  • Friction – deep, firm pressure applied usually in a circular or wringing motion to particular spots on the body using the fingertips, knuckles or thumb.

Older forms of the Swedish method also incorporated a fourth technique, called tapotement. These were rapid, percussive movements, including pounding on the muscles. Tapotement has fallen into relative disuse over time given that it isn’t a particularly relaxing sensation to experience during an otherwise relaxing session. Swedish bodywork may also include vibration techniques like the gentle rocking or shaking of various limbs or body parts.

Swedish bodywork sessions often begin with long, sweeping movements across the whole body, slowly refining themselves as the session proceeds to specific problem areas.


Sports bodywork is very focused work that combines whatever techniques are necessary in order to achieve the desired goal, usually to prepare an athlete for peak performance or to help an athlete to recover post-performance. This includes helping to both prevent and treat injuries in a non-invasive and non-debilitating manner. Sports masseuses combine Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Shiatsu and any other techniques they may need to get the job done.

Deep Tissue

A more intense bodywork method for more severe situations, deep tissue work digs in deeply to release knotted muscles. In deep tissue work, a masseuse uses his or her knuckles to literally strip muscles smooth and straight as close to the bone as he or she can get. As a result, while other forms of bodywork may leave you feeling relaxed, a deep tissue session may well leave you feeling a bit sore.


In reflexology, masseuses focus their attention exclusively on the hands and feet. Based on the belief that the hands and feet serve as a sort of microcosmic map of the whole human body, reflexologists apply very focused finger, thumb and hand techniques to the hands and feet with the goal of affecting these other body parts, regions or systems. Reflexology techniques are mostly gentle and painless and are applied without the use of any oil or lotion.

Pre-Natal (pregnancy)

If you’re pregnant and seeking bodywork, then pre-natal work is what you’re looking for. Pre-natal bodywork is gentle yet effective spa work that protects the health and safety of both you and your baby, while providing you both a more nurturing and supportive shared physical environment.

Hot Stone

In a hot stone bodywork session, the masseuse weighs down parts of the body with flat stones warmed over a fire as well as massages the body with them. This type of bodywork is slightly more invigorating than standard massage. Being that it draws attention and focus to the body, preventing the mind from trancing out or wandering too far astray, many people find it useful as a centering tool. It’s also helpful for releasing extremely tight muscles.

By knowing the type of experience you wish to have and the results you wish to achieve, you can use the differences outlined here to choose the best type of bodywork for your goals and needs.

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Summer Specials

Summer 2017 Specials


Summer Specials  🌻🌞


Summer specials are here and it’s time to let yourself glow. We’ve got special deals that will beat the heat and bring out your inner beauty. Get your beach body ready with our ultrashape special or hit those trouble spots with a laser hair removal session so you won’t have to think about it for the rest of the summer. If you really want to stand out get yourself a color and we’ll take half off the cost of your haircut or treat yourself to a one hour pedicure and we will give you a $10 discount. Perfect for those days when the heat never seems to let up.


KPS organic facial $129 IPL or Genesis treatment $129

6 laser hair removal treatments Full legs $999

6 laser hair removal treatments $329 (small area – lip chin, neck, underarm, or bikini line)

$300 off ultrashape 3 treatment package


The following exclude master stylists

Half off cut with full color purchase

Free shellac upgrade with 1hr manicure

$10 off 1hr pedicure



If your looking for a more complete spa day make sure you head over to our packages menu and check out our great deals over there. We can accommodate any plan you have for your perfect day off.

Summer Specials

Spring Specials


Spring Specials  🌿🌿

KPS Organic Facial $159

6 Laser Hair Removal Treatments $329

(small area-lip chin, neck, underarm, bikiniline)

IPL or Genesis Treatment $129

10% OFF Ultrashape

The Following Exclude Master Stylists:

Half OFF Cut with Full Color Purchase

FREE Shellac Upgrade with 1HR Manicure

$10 OFF 1HR Pedicure

We’ve been waiting for spring so we can offer you our amazing skin, hair and nail treatments at a discounted price. These will lift your spirits freshen the way you look and feel. Wether your planning a spa day for couples or a new look for your professional life, we’ve got what you need.

Winter Specials


6 laser hair removal treatments$329

(small area-lip chin, neck, underarm, bikiniline)

1hr Microderm Facial $110

Buy 5 IPL or Genesis treatmentsRecieve the 6th free

10% off ultrashape
**The following exclude master stylists

1/2 off cut with full color purchase

FREE Shellac upgrade w/ 1hr Manicure

$10 off 1hr Pedicure

Fall Specials

Fall Specials

Laser hair removal – Buy one small area, get another free (6 treatments) $599
(e.g. Lip & Chin, Underarm, Neck, or Bikini Line)
Genesis or IPL $129 per treatment
1 HR microderm facial $99
Complimentary paraffin wax treatment with a manicure or pedicure service
– excludes master stylists
Complimentary conditioning treatment with any hair service
– excludes master stylists
New clients only $10 off color service
– excludes master stylists
Summer Specials

Summer Specials

S U M M E R  S P E C I A L S

$150 off a 3 treatment series
6 Laser hair removal treatments for legs $999
6 small area laser hair treatments $329
(Lip & Chin, Underarm, Neck, or Bikini Line)
Genesis or IPL $150
1hr microderm facial $110
1/2 off manicure with a spa pedicure purchase
– excludes master stylists
1/2 off cut with full highlight service
– excludes master stylists
Free brow wax with cut
– excludes master stylists