Choosing The Right Massage For You
Nothing beats the feeling of the post-massage buzz; you feel rejuvenated, your mind feels clearer, you breathe deeper. After a session with one of our expert therapists in a tranquil environment you feel ready to take on the world!
But more than a treat for your poor old aching muscles, a good massage can help improve circulation and posture, aid better sleep and digestion, and improve your mood.
So how do you choose the right massage according to your needs? From Swedish to Sports, here we take a look at the different types of massage therapies available.
The most commonly offered type of massage therapy, a Swedish massage is suitable for everyone – even the massage shy among us.
Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and stimulates a host of other health benefits.
Your therapist uses massage oils and smooth, gliding strokes with firm, but gentle, pressure and usually includes some deep tissue work on areas of specific muscle tension.
You can talk to your therapist about the level of pressure you need during the massage, which can range from light to firm. If you feel like you need even more pressure, talk to your therapist about a Deep Tissue massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is a more intense version of Swedish massage, aimed at working on the deeper tissue structures of the muscle.
Therapists focus on releasing your body’s chronic muscle or tension knots – also known as adhesions.
Although an intense, and at times uncomfortable, experience Deep Tissue offers greater long-term relief to those suffering from recurring aches and pains.
In order to ease the tensions of a life-time you will need a series of Deep Tissue sessions incorporated with a program of exercise, relaxation techniques and posture improvement to gain the maximum benefit.
For an all over body-tingling feeling of well being a Full-Body Massage is a real treat.
Therapists work the back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, feet and hands. After a session of Full-Body massage you will skip away feeling lighter than air.
If you have specific areas of tension, talk to your therapist about concentrating on those areas – you may need some Deep Tissue treatment as well.
Scented oils have long been associated with massage therapy. An Aromatherapy massage not only helps to alleviate muscle tension, it can also improve your mood and ease pain.
During an Aromatherapy massage, essential oils are mixed with up to five different types of carrier oils such as sweet almond, peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus – to name a few – in order to create the right therapeutic blend for you.
Aromatherapy offers different healing solutions depending on your needs. Are you feeling stressed? Having trouble sleeping? Need a pick-me-up? Talk to your therapist about how you’re feeling and discuss which oils will best work wonders for you.
Hot Stone Massage
A Hot Stone massage helps muscles release tension more quickly than a traditional massage.
The stones, usually made from basalt (a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well) offer a deeply relaxing form of massage.
The therapy usually begins with a Swedish massage to help warm up the body. The stones are then used by the therapist in the massage, and as one stone cools it is replaced with another heated one.
Stones can also be positioned along specific points on your body, including the spine, the hands, the stomach, and even between the toes to help improve the flow of energy in your body.
A wonderful treat for expectant mothers and babies, a Pregnancy massage (also known as a Pre-natal massage) promotes relaxation, soothes nerves and helps to relieve strained back and leg muscles.
Pregnancy massage aids the circulatory and lymphatic systems, improving blood flowing for both mother and baby. It also stimulates glands which help to stabilize hormone levels and relieve nervous tension throughout the body.
This type of massage is especially beneficial in the second and third trimesters when extra weight in the belly puts added strain on the back. Stress on joints is relieved, neck and back pain eased and posture and flexibility improved.
During a pregnancy massage, your therapist will take extra care to ensure your body gets the cushioning and support it needs. Pillows are placed beneath your knees and shoulders and, depending on how far along you are, you may be seated in a semi-reclined position.
The Pregnancy massage is a nurturing and relaxing experience – a great stress relief for mums-to-be.
Post-pregnancy massages are also available, helping to restore new mums’ bodies to their pre-pregnancy condition; realigning weight and toning over-stretched tummies.
You don’t need to be an athlete to have a Sports Massage. Anyone suffering from chronic pain, injury, or a restricted range of motion – such as a tender knee, frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring incurred through physical activity – can benefit from this type of therapy.
A Sports massage is like a Swedish massage except it focuses on specific areas, stimulating circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Trigger point therapy breaks down knots in the muscles and helps to increase a range of motion.
- Pre-event – a short, stimulating massage up to 45 minutes prior to athletic activity directed to specific parts of the body.
- Post-event – given up to two hours after the event to help normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative – given during training to help the body work harder and with less chance of injury.
- Rehabilitative – aimed at alleviating pain from injury and aiding the body’s return to health.
Talk to one of our trusted massage therapists about your needs. We’ll find the right treatment for you, talk you through the process and ensure you leave Medi Spa with that wonderful post-massage buzz!