Types of massage
For an effective deep tissue massage, the technician uses slow strokes and builds up to firm pressure. In the beginning, a lighter pressure is applied to prepare and warm up the muscles. The pressure is then intensified using a gliding movement. The Swedish option is the most common and usually takes an hour. The skin is lubricated with oil before the therapist performs a variety of kneading strokes, starting with the back area of the body before moving on to the legs, neck and shoulders.
Aromatherapy uses highly concentrated plant oils called essential oils, which are added to the massage lotion. Some popular fragrances include chamomile, ylang-ylang, rosemary or eucalyptus, each has different relaxing properties. The salon will help advise which one, or a combination, will be most beneficial.
A hot stone therapeutic massage can help many conditions and is known as a complementary therapy. Flat, smooth stones are gently heated and placed on different parts of the body, including the spine, legs and shoulders. Some therapists may actually hold the stones as they use a kneading technique. Try massage services which include Balinese using a combination of techniques to provide a deep-tissue, full-body holistic treatment. This could consist of acupressure, gentle stretches, aromatherapy and reflexology. Essential oils can be added to enhance the experience.
Benefits of massage
There are numerous different types of massage, each with its own benefits to offer. A discussion with the therapist at the beginning of the session will help advise which one is particularly suited to your needs. Massage treatments can be calming or invigorating, relaxing or intense, but always enjoyable leading to a sense of well-being. The deep-tissue option is a therapeutic massage and is helpful in easing aches and pains, particularly useful for the relief of sore shoulders, muscle tightness and a stiff neck that can commonly occur as a result of stress or posture. The use of slow strokes and firm pressure reach deeper layers of muscle helping tense areas to relax leaving the recipient feeling lighter and limber.
Swedish massage treatments are ideal for beginners looking to discover the benefits of a professional massage. Aromatherapy massage takes this up a level as each fragranced oil has different benefits including uplifting, decongesting, calming or energizing. Treatments can be become more exotic from there, from hot stone to Thai and shiatsu massages, all of which are designed to help to relieve stress and anxiety and increase your sense of well-being and comfort.
Massage therapists typically do the following: