It all depends on who does it.
The very first massage I even got was from a former prima ballerina who after retiring from The Winnipeg Ballet set up a massage studio in my chiropractor's office. I think she was anorexic because you could see every single bone in her body because they were only covered by skin. Her massage room was set up as a shrine to her days in the ballet with a gazillion pictures on the wall. And she had 3 huge fish bowls of candy in there. The atmosphere itself was nice and soothing. The problem was that she didn't shut up. She was so hyper from all of that candy and she yacked the entire time and grilled me about the ballet and told me all about her ballet career. I paid for an hour massage and I got 40 minutes and when I left I was so tense that I had a tension headache. The next time I went to the chiropractor I complained. He said that he was aware of the problems and that her stint there was going to be short lived. In fact he had already given her notice to find another location. That was years ago. I don't know where she's working now, nor do I care. She's far too hyper to be a massage therapist.
I didn't have another massage for years after that because I was too afraid to
But there is a place 1 block from me and I went there about 5 years ago I think. It was good. I was nice and relaxed afterward. I did notice that my muscles were really sore for a few days afterwards and I was told that would happen.
They should offer you a choice of massage types: relaxation or deep. I had the deep one where the muscles are really worked hard. It's the best kind if you have tense muscles.
And they should offer you a choice of 30 minutes or 60 minutes.
And you can get either neck/back or full body which includes the head, arms, hands, feet and legs.
You can also take your own music to most places.
If I ever get another massage I will go for the 30 minute neck/back because just massaging my neck and shoulders is enough to relax my entire body completely.
If you get someone who is good and allows you to just mellow, I think you will enjoy it.