Swedish Massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West, utilizing five styles of strokes: sliding/gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction and vibration/shaking.
A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist's personal style and what they want to achieve. It has shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness.
If it's your first time at the spa, or you don't get massage very often, Swedish massage is the perfect massage for you.
If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure, even momentary discomfort to get relief from muscle pain, it's better to book a Deep Tissue massage.
Relaxation Massage is essentially the same as a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure.
During a Relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or knots in the muscle tissue and the therapist won't push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release. Sometimes people even fall asleep during a relaxation massage.
Health benefits include: calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body's lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep Tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots.
It shouldn't hurt, but it's likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.
It's important to drink a lot of water after a Deep Tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don't, you might be sore the next day. It's possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage even if you do drink water. This just means a lot of waste products were flushed out of the tissues. It should pass within a day or so.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils derived from plants and are mixed with carrier oil like sweet almond, apricot kernel, or grape seed oil to affect your mood and alleviate pain.
The massage therapist will use up to five oils in a mixture, and chooses the oils based on what you need. A relaxing Aromatherapy massage, for instance, might have lavender or bergamot, while a massage for sore muscles might include peppermint and eucalyptus.
Couples Massage is a popular service any time of the year. Basically, two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, or moms and daughters, or best friends.
As for Couples massage etiquette, it's fine to talk to each other through the massage if you want, or be quiet the whole time. It's really up to you.
It's a great way to introduce a partner who has never gotten a massage before in a way that makes them feel more comfortable the first time.
If your room is not large enough for two massage tables to be side-by-side, you can request one therapist to attend and the massage will be one after another.
Chair Massage is a type of seated massage that is usually 10-30 minutes and focuses on your shoulders, neck, back and arms. You are seated in a special chair with your face resting in a cradle, looking down towards the floor with supports for your arms. It's a very comfortable position that allows you to completely relax your back and neck, while the massage therapist relieves muscle tension.
Companies utilize Chair massage services for their health fairs, employee appreciation days, and corporate events with excellent outcomes in attendance, foot traffic, stress reduction and morale.
After a Chair massage, the client feels energized, rejuvenated, valued and relaxed. It can work wonders for your body, your mental state and your sense of well-being and happiness.
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