What kind of massage is right for you?

It may simply look like a lot of relaxation and indulgence but massage is actually a scientific process. The reason you feel different after a massage is because the pummelling and pressing by your masseur’s trained hands is healing and invigorating tired, aching or injured muscles. Massage therapy also increases blood and lymph circulation, can improve sports performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism.

The Chinese began using massage to heal the human body as long ago as 5,000BC and it’s still being used today. There are well over 150 different types of massage therapies available so it can be hard to know which one to go for. Here’s a basic rundown some of the most popular types of massages:

1) Swedish Massage Therapy

Also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy, your masseuse will use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Most Day Spas offer Swedish Massage and you can also enjoy this experience at home with a RedBalloon Massage At Home.

Swedish massages uses massage lotion or oil and is a popular form of massage.

2) Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. RedBalloon offers a Day Spa Melbourne – All Year Indulgence which includes Deep Tissue Massage, Remedial Massage, facials and other bodywork.

3) Hot Stone Massage

RedBalloon’s Day Spa Hot Stone Massage and Day Spa Indulge and Unwind Package offer the option of this relaxing massage with a difference. Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. Tension melts away as the masseur applies gentle pressure with the stones. This experience is a sensory experience and you will no doubt feel completely nurtured by the warm stones, essential massage oils and healing hands of your therapist. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.

Hot stone massage is a nurturing kind of massage.

4) Pregnancy Massage

Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage. This pamper massage will assist with aching, tense or sore muscles, fluid retention, tiredness and emotional stress caused by pregnancy. The Pregnancy & Post Natal Massage in your home is the perfect way to pamper an expectant or new mum.

5) Sports Massage

Men will often opt for a sports massage as it is often a firmer massage and specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one. If you are who are active and enjoy your regular work out, a sports massage will offer healing and revival of tired muscles – if you live in Perth, try the Sports Massage. A combination of techniques are used but the strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique as it helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

6) Reiki Massage

Reiki is an ancient form of hands-on healing, involving the movement of universal energy. Reiki massage has been used to help patients manage and increase their quality of living. Reiki massage is different from normal massage because the masseur does not knead or manipulate your tissues or muscles. Your therapist’s hands are placed in a sequence of positions to cover your whole body. This will be felt as warmth or a pleasant tingling sensation. This is the effect of your therapist channeling heat and ‘life force’ energy into your body. You will experience a state of deep relaxation as well as a general feeling of well-being. If you want to feel rejuvenated, relaxed and balanced then the Reiki Wellbeing Treatment at Home is the ideal gift to yourself or a loved one.

During a reiki session your therapist will channel heat and 'life force' energy into your body.

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2 Comments

  1. maneet
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    i would like to see belineese massage but the s Swedish Massage therepy are really relaxing , i would realy love to go for Reiki Massage after reading this article

  2. Posted February 7, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    This was the best massage I eva had..This gift frm my frds really made me feel special…Highly recommended..

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