With a plethora of massage types available, it can be somewhat intimidating when you go to book your first session. The first thing to consider before you book your massage is what you want out of it – do you want relief from sore muscles? Could you benefit from a detoxing massage? Or do you simply want a relaxing, pampering experience?
Take a look at this short guide to see which massage type would be best for your needs:
Deep tissue massage
Focussing on the lower levels of muscles, deep tissue massage is designed to reach individual muscle fibres. Deep muscle contraction and friction along the grain of the muscle aims to unstick muscle fibres and release toxins.
Ideal for: anyone who takes part in a lot of sport or those with a bad back or muscle aches.
Also known as trigger point massage, this type is designed to help with strained muscles and bad backs. The massage therapist will put pressure on the point of pain for around 30 seconds at a time – this may feel uncomfortable at first, but the pressure should alleviate muscle spasms.
Ideal for: those with back pain, regular headaches or sport-related pains.
One of the most common forms of massage, this type promotes relaxation through gentle movements. Swedish massage is a great place to start for massage newbies as it will introduce you to various movements and the whole massage process.
Ideal for: stressed out souls in need of a bit of pampering.
Using aromatherapy essential oils within the massage, aromatherapy massage combines two therapies in one. The natural oils will be inhaled during the massage to stimulate the brain in a certain way and promote healing. If you are pregnant or suffer from medical issues such as high blood pressure, be sure to check with your doctor before trying an aromatherapy massage.
Ideal for: those wanting a soothing experience that heals as well as relaxes.
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