Sometimes it can be confusing – you’re stressed and and your body is achy and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get? There are so many options available, how do you know which one will suit you?
That’s where your massage therapist can help– if you’re not sure, just give us a call and we can help you find the perfect technique and style for your needs. If it’s your first massage, we can put you at ease and make sure you know exactly what to expect. You can also read through our FAQs for some more info. In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on some of the different types of massage we offer and what they can do for you.
This is one of the most popular massages – it’s absolutely great for getting rid of stress. It’s also a good one to try if you’re new to massage as it doesn’t work too deeply into your muscles and the techniques we use are all designed to relax. So what can you expect? Well, we use long, flowing strokes all over your body, combined with kneading, tapping and circular motions. We’ll also use oils or lotions to make the massage smoother, and feel great for you. If you’ve got tight muscles, aches and pains, we can increase the pressure a bit where you need it more.
Therapeutic massage is helpful if you’re experiencing muscle soreness, or issues like back pain or sciatica, and it can also give your circulation a boost as all the techniques are designed to help get blood pumping around your body. It's a deeper, more focused massage to address areas of chronic tension and pain. We will use more pressure, and might use our fists and forearms to lengthen your muscles, and release adhesions in your tissues. If you've got areas of concern that you need addressed, this is the massage for you.
Hot Stone Massage
This is a supremely relaxing massage where the therapist uses specially designed warmed stones to increase its effects. This one is an indulgent treatment that’s also great for first-timers. While you’re enjoying your massage, we carefully use the smooth, heated stones on different areas of your body. Unlike in all the pictures you see where the stones are just sitting on someone's back, we actually use them as part of the massage to help get deeper into any troublesome areas; the heat from the stones helps loosen the muscles even more. This one will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.
Deep Tissue Massage
This is more of a remedial massage than a relaxing one; ideal for anyone who is very active or has very tight muscles. It can feel uncomfortable as your therapist will work deeply into your muscles and connective tissues to release any tension in them. We will perform deep, slow strokes with our fists, forearms, and elbows. It can feel slightly painful although people tend to describe it as a ‘good hurt.' However, we pay close attention to your verbal and non-verbal signals. We will always adjust the pressure to your comfort! We want you to feel better, and if your muscles are clenching due to pain, that defeats the purpose of the treatment! You may feel a bit of soreness afterwards, especially if it’s your first deep tissue massage, but stretching and drinking plenty of water will help. Most people agree that it’s worth it as you’ll feel amazing afterwards!
It’s come around again, and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with your partner, spouse or significant other, Valentine’s Day is the day that you get to spoil them just a little bit more, just for the sake of it.
If you want to go a little further than the standard roses, candies or chocolates, why not gift your partner with a treat that will serve them well long after the Valentine’s displays have been taken down in the
It doesn’t matter if you’re treating a male or female partner, a massage is a gift that anybody appreciates. Valentine’s Day isn’t the time for a sports massage, even if they are sporty – you want to relax them
and give them a massage or body treatment that gets those warm and fuzzy feelings flowing. It’s been proven by study after study that a massage is a great way to boost mood by increasing the release of a hormone called oxytocin. Helpfully, increased levels of this hormone have also been shown to increase feelings of social bonding, just what you need when you’re feeling romantic. Massage also helps to increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, two more feel-good chemicals. You could opt for a couples massage, or just treat your partner to a session on their own where they can fully relax – a delicious aromatherapy massage perhaps, with an oil blend created specially to calm – or uplift. The options are endless.
If you’re looking for another reason to treat someone special to a massage, think of their health! Massage can help to reduce heart rate and is good for blood pressure too. It’s also known to reduce pain, muscular tension and anxiety. What more could you ask for?
If you're single, why not treat yourself on Valentine’s Day too? It’s all about self-care; a massage session is the perfect way to honor your body and give yourself some relaxation time. Massage therapy gives you a chance to let go of stress and to let yourself feel nurtured. It’s also a fabulous way to beat everyday aches and pain. This Valentine’s Day give someone a gift you know they'll appreciate; a massage.
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