If you’re considering a professional massage and haven’t done it before, you may need to ask several questions before booking your appointment. Massages are meant to be relaxing and close to meditative in feeling. If you’re self-conscious with the opposite gender, you could request an interview with a seasoned masseuse or masseur of the same gender. Things to confirm before you book a time are the reputation of the spa, therapies used, oils/ creams used, the experience of the practitioner, and safety of clients.
Only book an appointment if these criteria are fulfilled to your satisfaction.
If you want, go for a face-to-face consultation before you finalise the time and place. Ask yourself what type of massage you would like, explain any medical or allergic conditions you might have, and consider the treatments that you would want to avail. Many spas also offer teas and other rejuvenating drinks after your massage. Ask about these in advance and how much these beverages cost (if at all).
Now that you have a basic understanding of how to book your appointment and questions to ask, let us look at some of the best massage styles around the globe.
The Shiatsu style of massage originated in Japan and has quickly acquired international fame. It is a stimulating massage that concentrates on touch and pressure to specific points on the body. Shiatsu practitioners apply pressure through fingertips and fingers, palms, and thumbs for additional reliefs. Shiatsu depends wholly on acupressure/pressure points on the body that helps in holistic and physical healing. Pressure is applied directly to pressure points to bring about immediate relaxation.
Some techniques in shiatsu apart from touch and pressure are rolling, stretching, vibrating, brushing, gripping and grasping, and additional force by the soles of the feet.
Almost all forms of massage indulge in aromatherapy for clients. It is a delightful form of massage and enhances the senses. For aromatherapy massages, practitioners like Camille from www.thefloatspa.co.uk use essential oils to increase the effectiveness of the massage. Essential oils speed-up and improve the healing properties of the aromatherapy massage. Correction of emotions is possible with the use of these oils as well as fatigue, stress, mood enhancement, and anxiety.
Some of the scents used are lavender, olive oil, mandarin, eucalyptus, and so on. These oils can be rejuvenating, energising, stress-reducing, calming, and relaxing. Select an oil and massage type that suits your requirements for best results.
This type of massage is the most popular one in the world. Almost all professionals use this form of massage to bring relief and relaxation to clients. Swedish massages concentrate only on relaxing the body and are great after a stressful day at work or after the gym. The muscles are relaxed and massaged to bring pain relief. Some of the techniques employed in Swedish massages are gentle stretching, muscular lifts, stroking, taps, and choppy hand motions.
This massage is excellent for the upper or top layers of muscles, notes Dave from future-focus.eu. The Swedish massage is known to decrease stress and tension in tissues, soothe migraine headaches, ease the muscular pain in the lower back, nape, neck, shoulder, and back region.
As the name suggests, stone massages are done using river-smoothed stones that are heavy enough to apply pressure on the body. The rocks are heated and then cooled to specific temperatures, then placed directly onto the pressure points of the body. The stones can also be applied using stroking movements when covered in oil. It is believed that the rocks administer heat and help the body concentrate on the muscles that need healing.
Stone massages with body stones can be used with oil, directly on the body, or on clothes that clients are wearing.
Thai massages originated in India and are believed to be almost 2500 years old! As the technique and popularity of the massages increased over centuries, the Thai people adopted the practice learned from the Indians and merged the methods with yoga and Ayurveda to bring about complete healing.
Therapists of Thai massages use their hands, knees, feet, and legs to twist clients into relaxing yoga-like poses (asanas) that help bring about relaxation and pain relief. Deep but gentle pressure is applied with the help of essential and non-essential oils that relieves stress and tension throughout the body and brings about intense relief. Some of the benefits of Thai massages are better flexibility and increased blood circulation. Other advantages include sporadic boosts in energy and feeling rejuvenated and energised.