Thursday, February 27, 2014

Which Type of Massage is Best for You?

Massage therapy can have a variety of benefits and is gaining popularity among various age groups. Below you will find a list of different types of massage options for you to choose from.

1. Swedish Massage Therapy:
This one is the most common of all types. Swedish massage therapy using long, smooth strokes, pressing and circular movements. This type is a superficial massage, and does not penetrate deeper into tissues. Swedish massage is the best for beginners, and for those who want to just relax their body and de-stress.

2. Deep Tissue Massage:
This type, as the name suggests, targets deeper layers of the skin and muscles. This therapy can be quite vigorous, and often makes people feel sore for a couple of days following the massage. This type of massaging is targeted against painful muscles, injuries, and postural problems.

3. Reflexology:
This type is concentrated on the feet, but is beneficial for the whole body! There are certain known pressure points in our feet that correspond to various systems and organs in the body. Targeting these points can benefit the respective organs and systems. Reflexology can also be very soothing for the feet.

4. Sports Massage:
Sports massage is more appropriate for people involved in physical activities. This type is targeted at preventing or treating injury and pain arising from work-outs and sports. This therapy also helps increasing the flexibility of the muscles.

5. Back Massage:
A back massage can be extremely helpful for people with chronic back pain, or certain back injuries. Regular sittings may be required for long-term relief.

6. Head Massage:
As the name suggests, this is concentrated on the head, more particularly, the scalp. Essential oils are generally used for these massages, and can be an excellent solution to relieve your day-to-day stress. This massage also provides moisture to the scalp which helps to improve blood circulation which is beneficial for the scalp and the hair.

7. Pregnancy Massage:
Pregnancy massage, also called prenatal massage, is gaining popularity among expectant mothers. Certified massage therapists use certain techniques that help reduce stress, decrease swelling, and relieve pains and aches. The massage therapist will first discuss the needs of the woman who is expecting, and will then customize the massage for her particular demands.

8. Aromatherapy Massage:
This type uses the benefits of essential oils to de-stress, relax, and energize.

9. Ayurvedic Massage:
Ayurvedic massage therapy has been practised since ancient times. Because the ayurvedic massage has been around for so long, the massage technique has been optimized over the years. The special techniques used in this therapy, and the ayurvedic oils used provide benefits such as relaxation and detoxification. If adopted as a routine, this therapy can help rejuvenate the body, and provide relief in a variety of diseases. 

10. Hot Stone Massage:
Heated smooth stones are placed at certain points of the body to warm and loosen certain muscle groups and to balance energy centers in the body. The therapist also applies slight pressure over the stones, which can be extremely relaxing.

Many therapies to choose from. Hope you found out what is right for you.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Gift voucher for a personal massage on your very own massage table

Are you one of those zealots who LOVES to be pampered with massages? I’m sure you must have spent a fortune on spas and salons. Massages are a great way to indulge, and set your body into a relaxing mode. Massages are also an effective way to comfort your aching bones and muscles. Massages are found to be very beneficial after exercise – it relaxes tense muscles and speeds up the healing process. Massaging improves the circulatory system and increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.
Did you know that you can hire massage therapists, and get all the benefits of massages without having to shell out lot of money in expensive spas and salons? Think about the possibility of getting a personal massage right in your home. Wouldn’t that be just awesome? But where can you find a massage therapist willing to visit your home? Well, the massage industry is actually much bigger than you imagined. There is a growing interest in students in pursuing a career as a masseur or masseuse. With advances in technology, it has become very easy to tap into this resource and book a good 60- or 90-minute massage from a certified massage therapist. Especially with apps such as Zeel, you can book a massage therapist as early as an hour before the massage.
And, what if you had a personal massage table at your home? There are three benefits: 1. You pay less to the massage therapist, who doesn’t have to bring his/her own portable table; 2. You have your own customized table that you feel most comfortable on; and 3. By investing in a massage table, you guarantee yourself that you will regularly go for massaging, thereby ensuring all the benefits that a massage can give to your body.

Opt for a massage table that best suits your body type and needs, and book your massage therapist to indulge in the most relaxing experience for soothing your mind and body. Choose from a variety of types and brands – folding massage tables, stationary massage tables, electric massage tables, Reiki massage tables, heated massage tables, spa/salon massage tables. The most reputable and reliable brands include IronMan, Custom Craftworks, Body Choice and Master Massage. What’s more, this could also be a great gift idea for your partner’s birthday, or your anniversary. A gift that your partner will love, and that can double-up as a gift for yourself too!