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Posted by The Spa Hub on 01/07/2019

Different Types of Massage Techniques

Different Types of Massage Techniques

Whatever else you do when you visit the spa, from the thermal suite, pool, hot tub, rasual or even spa bath; everyone loves to finish with a massage.

But there are so many types of massage, what do they all really mean and what type of massage will suit you best?

Swedish Massage

The primary goal of this ever so popular massage is to give the body all over relaxation; Working the entire body through gentle stroking movements increasing the blood flow and circulation back towards the heart. It’s a beautiful technique that has been practised for generations and still remains a popular option in spas.

Thai Massage

This has to be my all time favourite massage. Thai massage is also known as Thai Yoga Massage due to its healing affects combing acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles and assisted yoga postures. Not for the faint hearted this massage will pummel you back into wellbeing. You can opt for a dry massage or to include oils.

Deep Tissue Massage

Prepare not to be too ‘zen’ during this treatment. I feel like deep tissue massage needs to be in a physiotherapy clinic or sports clinic rather than in a spa. If you need a deep tissue massage for relaxation purposes then opt for a hot stone massage which will heat your muscles and you’re your muscles much deeper than a regular massage but with the benefit of being able to relax instead of hopping off the table every 5 minutes in pain. Just food for thought………

Lomi Lomi Massage

Lomi Lomi has become quite well known in the last few years with its Hawaiian influence. Lomi means to ‘knead’ ‘rub ‘ or ‘soothe’ and the massage techniques can combine movement using the therapists palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, and in some more traditional settings they may even use sticks and stones! It is however a very spiritual, healing therapy and is a wonderful experience.

Balinese Massage

This massage is a traditional therapy from the Indonesian island of Bali. This treatment is known to create a lovely balance between the mind and body. I love this treatment because it’s such a mix of so many different styles of massage including Chinese, Indian and Thai practises.

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