With so many different types of massage to choose from, it makes it quite difficult to decide which one to try and which one you would benefit from the most.
Records dating back as far as 2,700BC show that ancient Eastern Chinese Cultures practised massage to heal a number of ailments. Egyptian tombs have also been discovered to have images of figures being massaged. It is also well known that Julius Caesar underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.
Swedish Massage – this massage uses long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements in superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Aromatherapy Massage – this massage uses one or more scented oils which are selected to suit different types of ailments and for relaxation, energizing and stress.
Hot Stone Massage – this is done by using heated smooth stones that are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy levels in the body.
Shiatsu Massage – this is a type of Japanese bodywork that uses localised finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on your acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for 2 – 8 seconds to improve the flow of energy and to help the body regain balance.
Thai Massage – this is similar to Shiatsu in that it aligns the energies of the body by using gentle pressure and stretches on specific points.
Reflexology Massage – this type of massage is done on the foot where pressure is put to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in your body.
Sports Massage – is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity.