The gift of massage treats recipients to relaxation and the healing power of therapy and can serve as an escape from the stresses of daily life.
In their 21st annual consumer survey, the American Massage Therapy Association says 19 percent of consumers reported receiving a massage from a professional therapist in the previous year. Many people rely on massage for medical relief, including to alleviate muscle soreness, stiffness or spasms. Massage can also aid in the recovery from migraines, help prevent injury and assist in general well-being. 
Gifting massage is easy when one knows the type of massage a person desires and the place he or she frequently visits for massage therapy. However, those who are new to massage can use the FindaMassageTherapist.org locator to find professionals in their area. Brushing up on the types of massage therapies available can help gift-givers make more informed decisions.

Swedish massage
This classic, standard massage offered at many facilities has become synonymous with massage therapy. Using lotion or oil, therapists will begin with general, broad strokes on the body and then move on to address specific problem areas. The basic strokes involved in Swedish massage include petrissage (kneading, rolling and lifting), effleurage (long, smooth strokes), friction, tapotement (percussion-like movements), and vibration. Swedish massage is ideal for those who have never before visited a massage therapist.

Deep tissue massage
According to Massage Envy, a retail chain of massage therapy locations, deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but the technique focuses on the deepest layer of muscles to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. This massage can work out kinks and is recommended for people who like a deeper-pressure massage.

Hot stone massage
When giving a hot stone massage, massage therapists will use a form of therapy that follows the same principles of Swedish massage with the addition of heated stones, according to Hand & Stone massage centers. Adding heat to specific areas of the body enhances feelings of relaxation. The heat also enables the massage to be delivered without extra exertion of  pressure.

Shiatsu
The health resource VeryWell states that shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that involves localized pressure by the therapist’s fingers or other body parts (elbows/arms) in a rhythmic sequence along the body. Each point is held for a few seconds. The practice has roots in traditional Chinese medicine, and can be used to stimulate acupressure points on the body.

Reflexology
Reflexology has ancient origins, but was refined by physiotherapist Eunice Ingram in the 1930s. It targets areas on the hands and feet believed to be connected with other areas of the body. Reflexologists apply pressure to these points and can stimulate the release of endorphins in the body to reduce stress and discomfort.

Aromatherapy massage
Many massage therapists will offer aromatherapy as part of massage packages. Scents may trigger certain responses, helping to invigorate, relax or recharge the body. Oils may be scented, or perfumed candles or incense may be present in the room.
Massage can help relax and heal. Many people see it as a luxury indulgence, making it a prized gift for Valentine’s Day.