Before you go daydreaming about your next relaxing massage, read our answers to everything you need to know before you go and get the inside scoop.
Massages go back to ancient times, and their benefits have been studied for centuries. Known all around the world for their relaxing qualities, massages are some of the most therapeutic treatments out there. Don't believe us? Here are just some of the benefits you can discover on the massage table:
If you're looking for a massage but don't know where to start, then a Swedish massage is your safest option as the most popular choice.
It's a fuss-free treatment made to relax the entire body by using long oily strokes, gentle movement on your joints and light taps.
The strokes run in the same direction as blood flowing to your heart which helps to flush out toxins, improve circulation, ease muscle tension and banish cortisol, which is the pesky hormone that causes stress.
Before you book your massage treatment, it's important to know the difference between remedial and relaxation.
Remedial massage therapy is mainly used as a way to treat injuries and chronic pain, so deep tissue work is often a big part of the massage. This also involves repairing damaged, knotted or immobile parts of the body by finding the trigger and tackling the symptoms of the pain. Remedial massages are often used for sporting injuries, arthritis, cramp and whiplash.
If you're unsure whether a remedial massage would be beneficial for you, speak to the masseuse beforehand.
Thai massage goes back 2,500 years and involves techniques drawn from India, China and Southeast Asia rolled into one, as well as yoga poses and acupressure points.
Most traditional Thai massages are carried out fully clothed and the masseuse will apply pressure across your whole body to block and release blood flow. They'll also move you into a range of different positions as part of the treatment. It's almost like a form of assisted yoga.
If you're looking for an affordable Thai massage in Sydney, Sydney Thai Therapy and Siam Princess Thai Massage Therapy are both top-rated by our customers. Expect to feel energised and relaxed at the same time, as well as pain free in areas that have been causing you trouble.
Still not sure the difference between a Swedish massage and a hot stone treatment? Check out our guide to the most common massage types.
A massage is a relaxing experience, but trying to make sense of the varieties on offer at day spas and massage centres certainly isn’t. Learn your 'hot stone' from your 'deep tissue' with our handy guide to the most common types of massage.