What Is The Difference Between Normal Massage, Erotic Massage And Exotic Massage?

There are several different types of massages. When you attend massage school, you will be taught the most widely practiced types, including Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. These are known as the different modalities of massage.

There are some other types of ‘special’ massages that have grown in popularity over the years as well. They are based on the traditional techniques but some modifications have been made to make them unique for modern day.

As a massage therapist, you will have to master these techniques and methods before you can perform them professionally. The question is, do you really want to? There are certain types of massages which may be called “massages” for formality purposes. Their practical application and intention however is a completely different story.

But the fact is that that because there are different types of massages, it means that it can be quite easy for a person to get confused between them with all kinds of names and titles floating out there. Even massage therapists may not have a clear idea of what exactly a particular massage is and how it works before they are taught about it at massage school.

This is the same reason why even clients can get confused about the types of massages that are available to them and which type of massage would best suit their objectives. A common source of confusion for people is the similarly named erotic massage and exotic massage. Since the names sound the same, many people assume that they are one and the same.

You need to know how an erotic massage is different from an exotic massage and how they both differ from a normal massage. Unless you understand the differences, you wouldn’t be able to decide if you want to consider any of these types of massages.

Traditional Massage

The normal traditional massage (Swedish and Relaxation for example) is the most basic form of massage therapy. The massage therapist uses his/her hands, fingers and feet to perform the massage. Generally, Swedish massage is considered to be the most common type of massage, and hence can be referred to as normal massage.

Students are taught normal massage techniques at massage therapy schools before they learn about any of the different specializations and modalities. Despite there being so many types of massages available, most people prefer getting a normal massage over any other modality.

The normal massage is considered to be the easiest type of massage a therapist can perform. The interesting aspect is that the techniques for over 90% of the modalities are variations of the normal massage.

Changes are made to this basic method and technique to perform the different types of massages. For instance, hot stones are used when performing the hot stone massage. Yet, after the stones have been placed on the clients’ skin for a while, the massage therapist will perform a normal massage.

So, if you hear anyone talking about a normal massage or any client demanding one, you can safely assume that they are referring to the Swedish massage technique. You will be trained in Swedish massage at your massage school. Few massage therapists specialize in Swedish massage but most of them can perform it expertly.

Erotic Massage

Perhaps the most controversial form of massage is erotic massage. Erotic massage has been around for several centuries and is the most ‘sexual’ of all massaging types. During this massage, the massage therapist focuses on the erogenous zones of the client with the aim being able to arouse him/her.

The prevalence of erotic massage was one of the main reasons why the public perception of massage therapy was not positive. It is only in the past two decades that people have begun to understand that there is more to massage therapy than erotic massages.

The main difference between normal massage and erotic massage is the areas of focus. The massage therapist works on different parts of the body which trigger sexual excitation. One important point to understand here is that most erotic massage businesses are not a cover for shady practices.

That being said, the level of intimacy between the massage therapists and clients is greater than for any other type of massage. Erotic massages are often performed for pleasure but can also help treat various sexual health problems the client may be suffering from. This is a legitimate form of massage. However due to its inherent qualities it is often taken a step too far and turned into an illicit practice that has historically given the profession a bad name.

The reputation of erotic massage is still under a cloud. It may be some time before it becomes widely accepted and placed in the same category as the other forms of massage. This is why it is not recommended that you make a career out of erotic massage. At least we DO NOT recommend it.

The number of clients may be high depending on where you are and how you market your business, but you may have a hard time explaining to people about what you do. Unless you feel no inhibitions about performing erotic massages, it is best that you focus on other types of massage.

Exotic Massage

First and foremost, you need to realize the fact that exotic and erotic massages are completely different. While erotic massage focuses on the erogenous zones of the body, the exotic massage is based more on the different massage practices followed in locations considered to be exotic.

When mentioning exotic locations, the first name that comes to mind is probably Hawaii. Japan and China are other countries which are considered to be exotic. The exotic massage practices from these Asian countries are based on the ancient Oriental philosophy.

The name itself is misleading and many people mix erotic and exotic massages for the same reason. Now that it is clear that they are different, you know better than to feel confused yourself. There is a growing demand for exotic massages these days.

You can learn about the different types of exotic massages that are commonly performed at massage facilities. The Lomi-Lomi massage is one of the most common exotic massages. It originates from Hawaii and has been practiced for many centuries. It is known to help heal body aches and pains.

There is a great deal of spirituality involved in exotic massages. For instance, the Reiki massage from Japan doesn’t even require the massage therapist to touch their clients, though most massage sessions do involve some degree of physical contact.

These are the main differences between normal massage, erotic massage and exotic massage. Now that you know how to distinguish these three types of massages, you can make an informed decision regarding which of these you want to specialize in.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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6 comments on “What Is The Difference Between Normal Massage, Erotic Massage And Exotic Massage?
  1. In your article, you suggested that the Reiki massage from Japan doesn’t even require the massage therapist to touch their clients, though most massage sessions do involve some degree of physical contact. My wife has been very stressed this past month because of her teaching job. Do most massage parlors offer different types of Asian massages?

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Derek – Reiki is mostly energy based healing and most techniques within the Reiki art do not require touch. many massage venues do offer various types of massage – it all depends on the therapists and their skill sets

  2. Steve Allens says:

    I hAve tried this special and formal massage from a legit place and it was relaxing. Not the typical cheap massage from untrained therapists

  3. Nana Bhakti says:

    You have helped me to make a serious decision, and I thank you very much. Be well.

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