A foot massage in Thailand and most of Asia is actually a lower leg massage. They will massage your feet all the way up to your knee and sometimes into your quads or adductors (inner thighs). This massage uses oil and is a mix of pressure points and rubbing. It’s amazing!
As someone who’s had lots of massage I know what I like and what I don’t like. I obviously have different expectations for each type of treatment I’m getting. If you’re new to massage, go into each treatment knowing that no massage ever feels the same. How your body reacts will be different and each therapist has their own style and skill.
A common question people ask is: will a sports massage / deep tissue massage hurt?
This very much depends on the individual. Deep tissue massage feels different for everyone. People may be suffering different conditions, conditions may be chronic or acute, they have different levels of fitness and they have different pain thresholds.