Massages

Benefits of various massages

Massages are a great way to supplement a natural health and beauty regimen, the practice has proven to be an effective treatment for a number of conditions and concerns. Regular massage can reduce stress, relieve pain, and relax tense muscles, and has even shown to have a positive impact on cognition and mental health. However, there are several different types of massage, and it can be difficult to know which style would be most effective for you. Thai massage, herbal oil massage, and reflexology all have similar benefits, but use different techniques to help heal and soothe your body and mind. Here are what Katie Mills from Poshh suggests for your well-being. Try all these massages in your favorite SPAs or during your trips and tell us your opinions.

Thai Massage

This style of massage is sometimes called “yoga for the lazy,” as it helps to increase flexibility and improves posture. Practitioners will use their hands, arms, legs, and feet to help guide clients into a number of passive stretches that can be similar to yoga poses, but this therapeutic massage technique allows clients to relax and enjoy having their body moved for them. If you get this kind of massage, you’ll be fully dressed, but you are encouraged to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to ensure a full range of movement. Wearing something that can stretch easily will help the practitioner position your body without limitations. You’ll lay on a padded mat on the floor as your masseuse uses positioning and some more traditional massage techniques to work on your body, including acupressure, compression, and joint mobilization. This type of massage is deeply calming and therapeutic, and clients will benefit from enhanced relaxation and the release of emotional distress. The practice also promotes the circulation of energy, encouraging a feeling of balance and rejuvenation. Of course, you’ll also enjoy traditional benefits of any kind of massage, including reduced pain and stress.

Herbal Oil Massage

Traditionally, this ayurvedic massage is performed in the morning, before a bath or shower, to help your body release the toxins that may have accumulated overnight. Any kind of pure massage oil can be used, with essential aromatherapy oils blended in to provide additional healing benefits. The oil should be warmed before being applied to your skin, so run the container under warm water until it is comfortable. Use only a few drops, applied lightly, and let it absorb into your skin for a few minutes before you begin the massage. You’ll use light pressure on more sensitive areas, like across your chest or abdomen, and use more pressure and a little more oil on areas with concentrated nerve endings like the soles of your feet and palms of your hands. After, relax for about fifteen minutes while your skin continues to absorb the oil and the massage works its magic on your body. Lift of excess oil with a paper towel, and then bathe or shower as usual. Done regularly, this type of massage can help increase circulation, tone muscles, calm nerves, lubricate joints, increase mental alertness, detoxify the body, and even improve skin tone and texture. You’ll also enjoy more energy throughout the day, and a more restful sleep at night.

Reflexology

This ancient art originated in China, but was also practiced by Egyptians. The theory behind this practice is that energy travels throughout the body through channel, called meridians, and by stimulating these meridians through massaging the feet, we can promote healing and relaxation. According to this practice, each section of the foot corresponds to a different region of the body, and massaging these sections, we can stimulate the connected body part. Using a firm but gentle technique, a reflexologist will knead your foot using their entire hand, never causing any discomfort or pain. Done correctly, this foot massage would result in the equivalent of a full body massage. Primarily, this kind of massage promotes pain relief and stress reduction. Most recipients will leave feeling peaceful and relaxed. It’s important to note that this kind of massage effectively stimulates the digestive system, so much so that clients are generally thirsty and need to use the washroom after a session. You’ll also benefit from increased circulation, improved energy levels, and ongoing self-healing. Feel free to experiment with all of the kinds of massage that are available to find the style that works best to address your particular symptoms and health concerns. No matter what kind of massage treatment you incorporate into your life, you’ll see a ton of great health benefits, and enjoy the experience of pampering yourself at the same time.

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