List of Common Types of Massages
Swedish Massage: As one of the best-known type of bodywork performed today, the primary objective of a Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. By using their hands, fingers, forearms or elbows to knead, stroke, vibrate and tap the area, the therapist aims to stimulate the blood in the area.
Trigger Point: Also known as muscle “knots” are sensitive spots in soft tissue. This type of massage pinpoints areas that tend to radiate pain beyond the pain site. The therapist applies pressure to the area where the pain is strong, from a few seconds to a few minutes. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
Deep Tissue Massage: Somewhat similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses deeper pressure to help release chronic muscle tension. The therapist focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints) by massaging the area with deep pressure to melt knots and tension from stress and discomfort.
Shiatsu: In shiatsu therapy, pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet is applied to pressure points on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points, or meridians. This massage originated in Japan where the therapist uses his or her thumbs, fingers and palms on the main acupressure points.
Watsu: Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. This massage is administered in a pool and is a variation of a shiatsu massage and uses acupressure and meridian stretching techniques.
Foot massage: A foot massage is a simple, cheap and effective method to relax your body and mind. It is based on the tenets of foot reflexology and involves applying pressure on key points in the foot to get benefits. Practiced in many cultures for centuries to promote health and well-being, foot massage today is considered a complementary and alternative medicine used by millions to relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, rehabilitate injuries and boost general health.
You can also choose from a wide range of massage techniques like Cupping, Body Scrub, Guasha, Tuina & Slimming Massage.