Designed to create a balance between the mind, body and soul, Ayurveda massages have been a part of the Indian custom for years now. With the use of herbal essential oils, this type of spa massage aims at healing the body through non-traditional strokes and kneading that suit a person’s body. In some spas, two therapists work on one person.
Ideal for someone who is stressed out, this massage aims at the deepest layers of muscles and releases tension from the body. It is usually a mix of extremely slow, short strokes where the therapist figures out your pressure points—a process that works wonders in healing the body. In a spa that specialises in deep-tissue massage, the therapist uses his or her fingers, forearms and even elbows on muscle tissues to de-stress you completely.
In this spa massage, the therapist heats around 50 basalt stones to 120–140º F and then rubs them over your oiled body—something that has an immediate relaxing effect on you. These stones are placed on your stomach, back, between your toes, etc. Some of the stones lie static on your body while the therapist uses others to massage you with. However, one must make sure that the stones are not unusually hot and are just heated up to the perfect temperature.
In a Swedish spa massage, the therapist uses long strokes over oiled skin as well as kneading over the outer layers of the muscle tissue to help you relax and de-stress. This process is also good for people who suffer from sore joints and muscles. Moreover, this is the kind of massage that is known to relax the nervous system, help circulation as well as detoxify your body.
In this massage, the therapist stretches your body and sometimes, even kneels on the back of your legs and pulls your arms to arch your back. He or she may even place his shoulder right under your heels to stretch your hamstrings. This one’s basically a lot like yoga except that you don’t have to do it yourself. Sounds like a dream for most of us lazy girls, right?