Different Massage Therapies Defined

Are you suffering from an achy back? Or maybe having some sleepless nights? Most of us love to indulge in a good massage, but with all that is out there, it’s hard to actually understand which one is right for us. Read on to understand more about specific massage techniques to help boost your wellness quotient.

Balinese massage

This massage is perfect for people looking for mental and physical relaxation; it uses a blend of mild stretch exercise, acupressure, skin rolling, stroking, reflexology, along with calming aromatherapy oils. This is ideal for joint pain, migraine, and sleep disorders. Typically, the therapist will use deep pressure during the massage as this massage works deeply to sooth damaged tissue or relieve muscle or joint pain.

Aromatherapy massage

This technique is particularly suited to those with stress or to improve emotionally-related conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), back pain, and headaches.  This uses massage therapy, but with highly concentrated plant oils—known as essential oils—are added to the massage oil. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and in turn, impact blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and the immune system.

Swedish massage

The main objective of Swedish massage is to boost the flow of oxygen in the blood and rid the muscles of toxins. The techniques used are created to relax the muscles by applying pressure to them and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage lessens the recovery time of muscular strain by detoxing the tissues of uric acid, lactic acid, and other metabolic wastes and also stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also has many specific medical uses.


By encouraging lymphatic function, this can also detoxify the body and enhance the immune system. Thai massage increases strength and flexibility and soothes sore or tense muscles. The pain element is tolerable and the client can select the specific pressure they prefer—soft, medium, or hard.