massage

What Is Thai Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Swedish and Thai massage are the most common massage therapies and are often confused for being the same thing.

In actuality, they couldn't be further apart!

Thai massage stimulates acupressure points along the body's Meridien lines in order to provide relief, stretch and loosen tightened muscles, release tension and relieve joints.

Thai massage is jokingly described as 'lazy yoga', as it stretches the body using as many postural changes as possible.

Thai is effective at mobilising joints and stretching out different muscle groups so you feel relaxed afterwards. It's a wonderful modality to relax and provide stress relief. 

What Is Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Lomi Lomi (or Kahuna) massage is a relaxing hands-on massage with coconut oil.

The ideologies of Lomi Lomi are deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture, beliefs and spirituality. For centuries, Lomi Lomi was performed in Hawaiian temples as a rite of passage for young people coming into adulthood.

The ancient Hawaiian shamans believed in a strong mind-body connection; that muscle tension and mental stress were highly related. 

The Lomi Lomi technique involves long, fluid, rhythmic movements across the whole body, which provide overall body relaxation and mental stillness.

I recommend Lomi Lomi massage if you live a busy lifestyle and are looking for relaxation and/or stress relief. 

What Is Remedial Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Remedial massage is used to stretch and warm up muscles in consultation with a trained remedial therapist.

If you have particular muscle tension, experience chronic pain or are dealing with a past injury, a remedial massage might be right for you.

Your remedial massage therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time.

Remedial massage is great before, during and after exercise. A word of caution - do NOT use remedial massage immediately after an injury, as you might inflame the site more. Talk to your GP first.

What Is Swedish Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Swedish massage is one of the most popular styles of therapeutic massage in the West.

Based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology - as opposed to energy on "meridiens" or sen lines in Asian massage systems - Swedish massage uses a series of long strokes, muscle kneading and rhythmic tapping to relax muscles. 
 
Swedish massage is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy stress relief. It is also the best technique to try if you haven't experienced massage before.

However, if you're looking to treat sports or other physical ailments, it may prove too gentle. Remedial Massage may be more suitable.