Going to a spa for a treatment can be daunting at first, especially if it’s your first time. Massages in particular can be a problem, especially if you’re not keen on the idea of getting undressed in front of a stranger and letting them touch your bare skin. Once you know what you’re getting yourself into, however, most of those fears would likely go away, and you’ll be loving the experience before long.
Here we’ll be summarizing the different types of massages to expect, so you can stop fretting and start relaxing.
- Swedish Massage
The Swedish massage therapy is one of the most common types of massages, and could even be considered a standard, being offered in gyms, clinics, wellness centers and of course, spas. You generally wouldn’t need your clothes on for this one, but you can keep your underwear. Swedish massages usually involve a combination of movements like kneading, deep circular motions, vibration and tapping, and long, flowing strokes to help ease up muscle knots.
One variation of the Swedish massage is known as aromatherapy, which is basically a Swedish massage, but involves the use of scented essential oils.
- Hot Stone Massage
Just as the name would imply, this particular therapy involves the use of warm stones. The therapist would place heated basalt stones on specific parts of your body, as well as holding them while they give you a massage. The warm sensation brought by the warm stone helps with relaxation and can loosen up tense muscles.
- Deep Tissue Massage
The deep tissue massage therapy involves a lot more pressure than the Swedish massage. This therapy can be especially helpful for dealing with chronic muscle aches, injury or severe soreness. The deep tissue massage involves making use of slow strokes with deep finger pressure and can be uncomfortable at first, so it should be avoided if you’re sensitive to hard pressure. While it can be intense at first, you’ll rarely feel any pain or soreness.
- Sports Massage
This therapy is a good option to go for if you’re active and consistently have issues with repetitive use injuries to your muscles. Not only does this relieve the discomfort from most injuries, it can also help prevent them. A sports massage can be a bull body one, or one that focuses on one part of the body and can help with improving flexibility and sports performance.
Massage therapy has the potential to help you feel better, more relaxed, and even help you perform better in sports. Any massage, however, is only as effective as you let it, so experiment and try different ones out so you can decide which one works best for you.