The only type of massage that makes me feel better in any way is a deep tissue or 'sports' massage. The deep kneading action really releases the tension in the muscles and I still feel it the next day. Other massages just feel like someone moving their hands over me and aren't 'therapeutic' for me. In fact, that's kind of frustrating. I am looking for muscle relief more than just straight up relaxation. I guess it depends what you are looking for. Many of my friends like a nice gentle rolling massage or hot stone massage. Meh, for me, if it isn't uncomfortable that day and still the next, I didn't get my money's worth, lol.
Actually, let me amend that. I had a Thai massage in San Francisco once where the women pounded, walked on me and stretched my back, arms and legs for an hour. That was fantastic. I loved that. I never felt so good after a massage.
I think I need to schedule some massages soon.