As you have probably gathered there are many forms of massage, and that each focuses on different complaints and needs.
For example if you’re after relief from regular headaches, recovering from knee surgery or suffering from depression & anxiety, your treatment will vary. Though there is no one right answer, some techniques are definitely going to be of much more benefit than others when it comes to your particular situation. So here’s a quick guide to help you understand the world of massage with more confidence.
Remedial Massage is the basis for most massage treatments. Therapists’ use basic soft tissue techniques in combination with myofascial release, trigger point, deep tissue and stretching to relieve general pain, soreness and tension.More Information
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue is specific type of massage reserved for deep seated chronic conditions involving restricted range of motion. Best for Frozen Shoulder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and breaking down adhesions and scar tissue post surgery.More Information
This form of massage is not looking to correct dysfunction or reduce stress. The main focus of sports massage is on stretching, both to assist performance and recovery from a high-intensity activity. Such as activating muscles to fire at optimal levels pre-event and loosening the muscles again to speed up recovery post-event.More Information
Myofascial Release (or MFR)
A soft tissue therapy for the treatment of muscular shortness and tightness. Especially good for muscle trauma from accidents and surgery, as well as poor posture, chronic inflammation and overuse.More Information
Relaxation Massage (or Swedish)
A technique focused on improving the circulation of blood & lymph and relaxing superficial muscles. Great for tension headaches, relieving stress and improving sleep patterns.More Information
Hot Stone Massage
Using heated basalt stones, this technique penetrates to deeper muscle layers promoting greater relaxation and release of chronic tension. Helpful in relieving muscle restrictions after orthopedic surgery.More Information
Quite often during a Relaxation or Remedial Massage the therapist uses aromatherapy. The blending Pure Essential Oils with the carrier oil to enhance the therapeutic benefit of the massage. Good to help reduce stress and anxiety.More Information
For women both during the pregnancy and postnatal, to provide much needed relief from fluid retention, lower back pain, sciatica and improve labor outcomes. With all the benefits that relaxation brings for mood and anxiety.More Information
A modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatments. Helps reduce the side effects caused by conventional treatments and deals with pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety & depression and sleep.More Information
Uses herb-infused oils to enhance the process of regeneration and balancing the body. The massage techniques are unique according to a set of principals in Indian medicine. Helps to overcome mental and physical fatigue, exhaustion, improve your immune response and to promote positive health.More Information
KaHuna Massage (or Hawaiian)
Involving the entire body, this massage provides a holistic approach to rejuvenation and healing by balancing the body and mind, in its physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Benefits people suffering stress, depression, exhaustion or even confusion, grief or loss.More Information
What technique should I ask for?
Primarily, it is more important for us to know what you are looking to get out of your massage. This way we can book you with the Therapist who is going to help you achieve your desired result.
Don’t get terribly hung up on this style or that. It’s best to tell us your needs first.
- “I would like to see someone who uses firm (or light) pressure.”
- “My neck and shoulders are tight and it’s giving me headaches.”
- “I bent over in the garden and triggered my sciatica, but I can’t have anyone go too hard on me.”
- “I’ve had an emotional week and just want to see someone who gives a good relaxing massage”.