Your guide to body massage

The Secret Oasis Spa in Fulham, West London, explores all you need to know about body massage.

What is there not to love about having a body massage? Not only does it relax you, but it has a number of health benefits too. Studies have found that massage can be helpful for:

  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

(source: The Mayo Clinic)

But with such a wide range of body massages out there, how do you know what one to choose?

Owner of the Secret Oasis Spa, Jade Xie, had the following advice, “Massage is a very personal treatment, everyone has their own preferences and what you need from a massage one day, may be completely different the next. At the Secret Oasis Spa, we categorise massage in three ways; relaxation massages, powerful massages and specialty massages. Each has it’s own merits so it’s worth looking closely at what the massage involves before choosing what to go for. If you are unsure, talk to a professional who will be happy to advise you.”

And so with that sage advice in mind, here’s a quick run though of some of the body massage treatments available:

Relaxation massages:

The following massages use a lighter touch and /or the use of oils and products to promote a deep sense of relaxation in the body.

Aromatherapy massage

If you are looking for the ultimate relaxation treatment, then choose an aromatherapy massage. This treatment aims to bring the body and mind back into balance, paving the way to a restful night’s sleep. Not only will this massage relax you, but it will also help your body detox and give you a natural energy boost. Renowned for releasing muscle aches and pains, this is a massage to help unwind body and mind, encouraging you to switch off from those everyday worries.

 

Swedish massage

If you are new to massage, or want to go for a tried and tested stress buster, then you cannot go wrong with a Swedish massage. One of the most famed of western massage techniques, Swedish Massage is the classic stress relieving treatment, guaranteed to leave you with the ultimate feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. And you can even choose how you want it too, talk to your therapist about your preference for light or firm pressure.

Pregnancy massage

While massage during the first trimester should be avoided, pregnancy massage is generally available from 14 weeks onwards. Growing a baby can be tough on your body and so this treatment has been designed to relieve discomfort, reduces stress, improve circulation, and reduce swelling and fluid retention. An ideal treatment to pamper and relax mothers-to-be, choose from a full body treatment or focus on a problematic area of your choice e.g. back, neck and shoulders/legs/scalp.

Find out more about our range of relaxation massages.

 

Powerful massages:

These massages use firm pressure to stimulate the deeper layers of muscle and fascia (connective tissue). Useful for addressing aches, pains and muscle tightness.

Deep tissue massage

Are you suffering from chronic aches and pains? A deep tissue massage could be just what you need. Aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle, deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but at a more intense pressure. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as ‘adhesions’).

Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems or recovery from injury. This is our most popular type of massage.

Sports Massage

Do a lot of sport? Want to stay in tip-top form and help prevent muscle injuries? Sports massage is for you! Designed to benefit those who regularly exercise, this type of massage is particularly effective after sporting events. Chat to your therapist who can then put a total focus onto the ‘stress’ points caused by your particular sport. Not only does it help you feel good, regular sports massage helps to keep your body injury free, helping you stay on top of your game.

Aroma Stone Massage

Therapeutic heated, smooth, flat basalt stones are applied to key points of the body. As well as being used in the therapists hands as part of their massage strokes, the warmth of the hot stones helps to improve circulation, calm the nerves and relax your muscles. Excellent for inflamed or painful joints, this type of massage offers an exceptionally thorough massage experience, whilst luxuriously warmed aroma oils are massaged deeply into the skin for maximum relaxation.

Thai massage

Need an energy boost, or just want to improve your range of movement? This massage will both energise you and help you unwind. Using yoga techniques and stretching, this unique massage also improves flexibility and range of movement.

Find out more about our range of powerful massages.

 

Specialty massages:

Looking for something to address a specific problem area? Or just want something not every salon offers? Take a look below…

 

Manual lymphatic drainage massage

The lymphatic system is part of your immune system and helps fight infection and acts as a toxin filter. Lymphatic drainage massage aims to increase the flow of lymph around the body, by using very light pressure and long gentle strokes thereby increasing the elimination of toxins from the body. This helps to boost the efficiency of the immune system, and helps to reduce water retention, which can help to reduce swelling and improve cellulite and improve overall well-being. This treatment is best taken as a course of 12 sessions for maximum effect.

Find out more about our specialty massages.

  

Couples massage

At Secret Oasis Spa, we have a special couples massage room in which you can share together any of our massage treatments in intimate luxury and enjoy 20% off the cost.

Interested in finding out more? Check out our massage section or get in touch direct for a chat on 020 7371 5118. You can email us on info@secretoasisspa.co.uk or fill in our online contact form to contact us for an appointment.

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