8 Types of Massages and why you should get them

8 Types of Massages and why you should get them

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By QL Services

By Dipti Nair

Stressful week? Considering a massage but not sure what is right for you? Well, you are in luck as in this article we explore the different types of massages available in Qatar and their unique benefits. From the soothing strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep tissue massage, and the aromatic delights of aromatherapy massage, we uncover the benefits that extend beyond mere relaxation. After deciding on the massage that suits you best, explore different massage therapists on Qatar Living to ensure a truly stress-free experience.

Relaxation Massage

This is a full body massage where the therapist uses gentle hand movements over the skin, following the body’s muscle contours. It is a pleasurable experience and focusses on relaxation and soothing rather than addressing chronic pain. The calming nature of the therapist's movements has a soothing effect on the nervous system, reducing stress and pain while creating a healing environment within the body.  The gentle stroking and kneading movements improve circulation, reduces muscular tension and fatigue, alleviates anxiety and improves sleep. 

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage involves the strategic placement of heated basalt river rocks on various points of the body. The heat from the rocks helps relax muscles, making them more pliable, and promotes a deeper state of relaxation. Beyond stress relief, this type of massage can effectively address various conditions, including anxiety, depression, sore muscles, and chronic pain. The therapist will place the hot stones along the spine, on the stomach, feet, chest, face, and other areas based on individual needs and do a combination of traditional massage with oil, the stones ensuring deeper penetration of the oil.

Sports Massage

If you have an injury from sport or soreness from some regular activity, then a sports massage may help. It involves applying deep pressure on specific areas, particularly the muscles, tendons and ligaments, which are particularly sore. It helps to loosen tight muscles and increase flexibility, enabling them to stretch more easily. A sports massage can encourage the removal of waste products such as lactic acid during high-intensity activities and increases the mitochondria levels in your muscles. This helps to promote recovery, reduce chance of any muscle injury, and improve performance.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage technique targets musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries, by applying sustained pressure and slow, deep strokes to reach the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues. Beyond relieving muscle pain and stiffness, deep tissue massage aids in breaking up scar tissue, reducing tension, and promoting faster healing through increased blood flow and decreased inflammation. It can alleviate chronic low back pain, and help with other chronic pains. It involves intense pressure and can be painful with a lingering soreness that can last for a couple days.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a gentle and full-body massage technique ideal for those new to massage or seeking a soothing experience to release tension. It involves a combination of kneading, long flowing strokes directed towards the heart, deep circular motions, vibration, tapping, and passive joint movement techniques. The main goal of Swedish massage is to calm both the body and mind while lightly releasing muscle tension. Swedish massage is a popular choice for those looking to unwind and enjoy a gentle, therapeutic touch.

Aromatherapy Massage

It blends the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with massage therapy, offering holistic well-being for both the mind and body. In this type of massage, fragrant essential oils, derived from plants, trees, and flowers, are applied to the skin using carrier oils like jojoba or coconut. The oils, absorbed through the skin, provide a range of benefits, from improving mood and alleviating pain to detoxifying the body and improving sleep quality. Aromatherapy massage may also prove effective in addressing various medical conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, alleviating menstrual cramping and even offering benefits to cancer patients by reducing stress and enhancing immune function.

Shiatsu & Thai massage

Shiatsu and Thai massage, are both dry massages, originating from distinct traditional practices. Shiatsu, a Japanese technique, incorporates massages and stretching methods to put pressure on specific points to balance the body's energy, reduce tension, promote relaxation and enhance the body's natural healing abilities. Thai massage, based on traditional Thai medicine, blends acupressure, assisted yoga poses, and rhythmic compressions, aiming to enhance flexibility, release muscle tension, and boost energy flow. Both Shiatsu and Thai massage offer unique benefits, providing individuals with rejuvenation, stress relief, and a heightened sense of overall well-being. 

Hijama & Cupping

Hijama or cupping therapy, employs cups made of plastic, bamboo, or primarily glass to stimulate life force energy and address various health concerns. The therapy aids in resolving chronic muscular stiffness more effectively than massage alone. The process involves creating a vacuum inside the cup, and placing it on your back or treatment areas, promoting increased blood flow and energy circulation. With benefits ranging from faster pain management to improved blood circulation and relief for respiratory and digestive issues, cupping therapy offers a holistic approach to well-being.

Qatar Living Services can help you find a suitable Massage Centre or Massuese to provide you the right kind of massage that will alleviate your pain and destress you.

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