What’s the right massage for you.
All massages involve pressing, rubbing and manipulation of the soft tissues, which includes but is not limited to techniques such as stroking, kneading and soft punching. Therapists use their hands, fingers, forearm, sometimes their feet or their elbows.
Before heading for a massage, you should decide,
- if you want a relaxing massage or to heal a particular part of your body
- you prefer alternative massages or rather conventional ones
- When you feel more comfortable with the massage being carried out when you are naked or not
Obviously, this is not a scientific grouping as choosing a massage is so colorful and divergent but reduces the possibility of variations.
Let’s see the guidelines for which massage to go for:
If you need some refreshment or want to leave the stressful daily routine behind:
Swedish Massage: This is the massage that most people think of when they hear the word ”massage”. It is the most commonly known and performed one. It targets the upper layers of the muscles to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Its 5 main movement techniques:
- Effleurage: long, sweeping strokes
- Petrissage: muscle kneading and rolling
- Tapotement: tapping, percussion
- Friction: deep pressure to particular points
- Vibration: quick shaking, rhythmic rocking
If you need uplifting and invigoration:
Hot Stone Massage: The masseur places the heated basalt stones on specific points of the body and gently massages you with them. As the hot stones move over your back all the nerves are alert so to speak, so the prickly feeling will not let you fall asleep. This treatment helps you to focus on your body and also to release tension.
If your overall well-being and rejuvenation are the most important: Go for Asian treatments, which use physical pressure to manipulate the energy flow of the body in order to reach a balance.
Thai Massage: This treatment is based on the system of the 72,000 energy lines.
Performed with oils or traditionally in special clothes. It involves the usage of acupressure and reflexology elements.
Shiatsu: Sees the body as an interconnection of meridians. If these energy pathways are blocked imbalances occur. The technique applies pressure and stretching, holding key points on the body to relieve blockages and pain. Performed in clothes.
Chinese Massage: Regulates the circulation of blood and chi. Uses rubbing, pressing, waving and mainly percussion movements.
Reflexology (Foot Massage): Is based on ancient Chinese knowledge. It can be apply as curative treatment and also for prevention. As the soul mirrors our body’s health it serves as a kind of map. Manipulating specific areas of our feet corresponds to other parts and organs of the body.