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Most Popular Types of Body Massage – For Some Rest and Recuperation

Massages are a great way to relax and retrieve stress. Over the years many different types of massages have grown in popularity, from classic techniques to exotic rituals. Here're 5 popular massages you can try out next time you feel tired or stressed.


The Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage is often considered the 'standard' massage therapy. It is available at almost every reputed spa, clinic, gym or wellness centre. Lotion or oil is used for this therapy. The masseuse will start off with long, broad strokes to ease you into the massage. Following this, the strokes will become more focused and hone in on the problem areas. If you just want a general massage to help alleviate stress, this is your go-to option – there's a reason why it's possibly the most popular massage all around the world. This therapy affords full-body relaxation and is especially helpful when recovering from muscle injuries.



Aromatherapy is essentially a Swedish massage but with a variety of essential oils, flower petals and massage oils thrown into the mix. These mixtures offer a pleasing scent that helps you relax and better experience the treatment. There is also evidence that these aromas have healing properties on their own, and have an overall positive impact on the body. Different types of oils and oil combinations are used based on the nature of the client's ailment – these can help with relaxation and reenergizing. The soothing nature of the aromas is also said to be effective against mental issues such as insomnia, anxiety and depression.


Hot Stone Massage

As the name implies, hot stones are used in this treatment. It isn't the most common massage, so if you find yourself at an establishment that offers it, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. If you're vacationing in New South Wales, for instance, consider a visit to a Hunter Valley spa resort – for example, the Elysia Wellness Retreat – to receive a hot stone massage. The idea behind the hot stone massage is to let the heat radiating from the stones relax tightened muscles. It is also a viable treatment for high blood pressure, varicose veins and heart disease.


Depp Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massages are ideal for dealing with persistent muscle strains and tightness. Here a singular area is worked by the masseuse targeting muscle adhesions – known as knots. This treatment is generally done on areas which have deep layers of muscle using focused repeated, focused strokes. This type of massage is particularly effective for people with chronic pain or lingering injuries


The Shiatsu

The shiatsu massage is of Japanese origin and focuses on using focused pressure to relieve muscles stress. The masseuse will use a wide range of movements from their fingers, arms and elbows to maintain constant pressure on the ailing areas – generally for around 8 seconds. Essentially, the shiatsu massage aims to stimulate acupressure points in order to increase the bodies natural flow and harness its energy. The treatment is an effective remedy for sudden cramps and pains, as well as conditions like insomnia and restlessness.