Junior Beauty Editor
Honestly speaking, I’m ready for a massage almost all the time. Never will I say deny one. And why would I? It is SO RELAXING, I forget about every worry in the world for those blissful 40-60 minutes! Apart from relaxation, there are multiple benefits of the different types of massages that target specific concerns. Yes, ladies, there is a massage for almost every concern and getting the right one will leave you feeling relieved and rejuvenated. We know that you will hit the massage places when you go for your summer vacay this time, and so here’s a guide that will help you choose the correct one for yourself. This informed choice will make you reap the maximum benefits from it and thank us again and again! *Wink* Read on!
Sitting on a chair in front of a computer screen all day isn’t just monotonous, but it also makes your neck and shoulders tense. This is when you need a chair massage which typically targets the neck, shoulder, upper back, arms and hands. This requires you to sit in a massage chair with your stomach pressed against the back of it. The massage therapist revitalises the energy centres of your body, tackles muscle soreness and shoulder/neck pains. Alternatively, you can even do this in an automated massage chair that is soothing and stimulating as it generates vibrations based on your choice of how strong or light you want the settings to be.
If half your life is on an airplane, we feel you. It can lead to immense muscle soreness, stiffness and lack of flexibility after a point. This is when you need a Thai massage. The aim of this massage is to align the energies of your body. During the massage, the pressure is applied to your muscles to regulate blood flow, your joints are compressed and stretched and basically, your entire body is worked upon. It releases back pain, tense muscles and any headaches or lack of energy.
Stressy peeps, the hot stone massage is for you. During this massage, (as the name suggests) heated up stones are placed on certain tense points of your body, and some are also used to massage you. You will feel the pleasant smoothness of the stones against your body, and the heat will be extremely soothing too. It is a highly rejuvenating massage that will energise your body as well as relax any tense muscles.
If all you want is a day of relaxation at the spa, we suggest you opt for the good ol’ Swedish massage. Long, gliding strokes and kneads in circular motions will help ease out shallow tension in the muscles almost immediately! The massage therapist will also use friction (with the help of their thumbs, knuckles or fingertips) and rhythmic tapping to help relieve any sore muscles. Also, if you’re new to massages, start out with this one, and let’s put it like this - you’ll definitely go back for more!
For those of you who workout often, we know that you have certain sore/weak points. You’re not alien to pulled muscles, joint injuries and body pains on days you do those extra weight lifts. Well, you will be glad to know that there are sports massages to take care of exactly this. These will relieve you like nothing else can, and will speed up workout recovery time. This one that is a variation of the Swedish massage, targets sore points of the body, breaks down scar tissue, betters the range of motion and improves the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. These will help you work out even harder and better eventually!
If you’re constantly running around and need some serious relief from tense muscle tissue, go for the deep tissue massage. As the name suggests, during this massage, deep pressure is applied to certain joints that help reduce knots. This can be painful and leave you sore post massage, but the benefits are worth it. The therapist will use their knuckles and elbows to strip out muscle tissue as far down to the bone as possible. The level of pressure, of course, has to be modified based on how much pressure your body can take. Make it a point to have a word with your massage therapist about this beforehand.
A relaxing couples’ massage is a great way to reconnect with your husband, boyfriend, sister or mother. During such a massage, the massage therapists work on two clients side-by-side in the same room. Typically, couples opt for a Swedish massage, but you can even go for a hot stone one or a deep tissue one. It’s a great way to get together and enjoy some pampering!
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