Having a massage appointment at a beauty salon or spa may sound indulgent but in reality it can be just as important as any other healthy habit in your wellness routine.
A massage is more then just a way to pamper yourself. The therapeutic benefits enabling your body to function better. Scientists even believe that deep healing massage triggers the release of certain chemicals in the body that can help combat illness and speed up recovery.
It also helps you relax, relieve tension and de-stress. But, that’s not to say you can’t have a massage just because you want to! There are so many options of massages and we here at Flossie have a bunch of questions covered about what the heck any of them are!
Massage & Scrub Guide FAQs
What is a massage?
Technically, a massage is the rubbin and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, mainly to relieve tension or pain. Those of you who have had one though know it is much much more then that! Depending on what type on massage you get, depends on the type of techniques that will be used.
What are the most popular massages and what makes them different?
1) Swedish Massage Therapy
During a Swedish massage the massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing and if you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
2) Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress reducing, balancing, etc. This style of massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
3) Hot Stone Massage
One of our most popular on Flossie.com, this style of massage uses heated, smooth stones that are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centres in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
4) Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance. People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterwards.
6) Thai Massage
Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. You don’t just lie there, the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
7) Pregnancy Massage
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs.
Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
9) Chinese Massage
Chinese massage is one of the techniques of traditional Chinese medicine based on qi – which is believed to be the vital energy or force that animates living beings. Qi flows through meridians, pathways on the surface of the body that also connect internally to vital organs. For Chinese massage, you need not remove your clothing. Depending on the area to be massaged, you may be asked to lie down on a massage table or sit in a massage chair. The therapist will first massage your muscles using a variety of massage movements, including compression, kneading, rubbing, pressing and percussion.
10) Back Massage and Head Massage
Some massage clinics, beauty salons and spas offer short back massages and/or head massages. These types of massages are not usually done for therapeutic reasons, they are more for a quick pamper session, usually lasting about 30 minutes.