Feeling stressed and looking for a massage to knead the knots away but also confused about the different types? Fret not, because Vanitee has prepared a guide for you!
This massage technique utilises smooth, heated stones to warm up and treat aching muscles. Hot Stone Massages typically start off with the therapist using his/her own hands for a traditional Swedish massage before they progress to using the hot stones.
The heat then relaxes the muscles, allowing the therapist to access deeper muscle layers. Hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. Lastly, they have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Anyone can get a hot stone massage if your muscles are feeling tight. However, do note that people who have diabetics or high blood pressure should avoid this form of massage because the hot stones may trigger a negative reaction.
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Shiatsu is a form of massage that originates from Japan and stands for ‘finger pressure’. The therapist utilises fingers, elbows or knees on various pressure points on the body to balance out one’s qi, or energy. Eastern medicine believes that one has to be in sync with one’s surroundings for a completely healthy body.
Benefits of Shiatsu include:
- Restoration of energy in our body – especially useful for those who are fatigued or have a weaker constitution
- Relief from headaches
- Aids with insomnia because of the better blood circulation
- Increase range of motion and improved coordination
A simple 60-minute massage can improve your quality of sleep – and sufficient sleep is neccessary for your body to function at top notch condition.
@pinespapurvis in Bugis offers Shiatsu Massage services, so if work is giving you too much stress, why not head down there today?
Mainly focused on detoxing, a lymphatic massage uses pressure to remove waste liquids from lymph nodes in the target area. These nodes contain both nutrient and waste, and when emptied, it works the same way a diet detox does!
There are two stages of a lymphatic massage: 1) clearing, and 2) reabsorption. Clearing allows any toxins to be removed from your body and reabsorption opens up the lymph nodes for a new round of cleansing in your body.
Little pressure is needed for a lymphatic massage. If your therapist is exerting too much effort, let him/her know!
Fun fact: frequent lymphatic massage treatments can also help to increase your metabolism!
The masseuse uses all parts of his/her hand when giving the massage, even the knuckles. Extreme thumb pressure will be applied which causes the massage to be a little painful, but your body will feel great afterwards. A Javanese massage also relieves muscle and joint pain, especially in the legs.
It is also especially popular with women who have given birth because it helps with water retention and weight loss.
Massaging and gently pulling your ears once per day – top, middle and outer earlobes – can help to improve your immune system.
The Javanese Massage is @earthspa‘s signature treatment – you can rest assured that you’re in good hands!
The Swedish massage is a basic, general form of massage. Most other forms of western massages are based on Swedish massage techniques. Various massage strokes are used, varying from gentle to more vigorous to warm up the muscle tissue and release tension, to gradually break up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions.
A Swedish massage is quite similar to a Thai massage, but with a greater focus on pain-reliving. Also, the Swedish massage places a lot of emphasis on using massage oils and lotions, which can be a unique experience for those who have only tried Thai massages previously.
Did you know that there are more than 5 million touch receptors in our skin? Just imagine how relaxed you would feel after a one hour massage session.
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