Best Massage Therapy Is Right For You - Here's the five best massages from the Ayurveda, western and east-Asian worlds.
It’s still pouring cats and dogs and you have not got yourself to go to the gym or head for a jog/swim as yet. Instead of staying in and guilt-tripping yourself or trying to cheer yourself up with movies and other treats (read: fried and fatty food); try and focus on wellness! Treat yourself to some spa therapy. We help you pick the right one.
“A career woman has to work extra hard to manage both work and home. This leaves them with no time for themselves and no time for their bodies. A massage will ease their tired muscles”.
She tells us about the five best massages from the Ayurveda, western and east-Asian worlds:
This massage therapy (see pic above) uses different essential oils from plants. The scents from these oils balance your breathing and calm your mind, leaving your body relaxed. Lavender, rose and jasmine are the most common oils used.
“An aromatherapy massage can be used to relieve work or PMS stress, chronic aches and pains in the body. They get rid of restlessness and anxiety and leave you feeling energised,” .
“Pregnant women and people who have undergone surgery recently should not get an aromatherapy massage done. This also applies to people with rashes or open wounds,”.
Price: Rs.1800-2800; duration: 1 hour.
It is a soft massage that uses long strokes to relax the body. Soft circular movements are used to knead the tired joints of the body. “Swedish massages use olive oil or almond oil along with cucumber cream. Spas can use other oils and creams depending on your preference,”.
Swedish massages help in easing back pain, stress-related pains and tired joints in the body. “They are relaxing and rejuvenating. We call it the feel-good massage,” explains Sahai.
Price: Rs.1300 – 2500; duration: 1 hour,15 minutes.
Reflexology targets pressure points in the feet and hands. The pressure points are pressed with kneading and circulating movements. This should be done by a certified reflexologist.
“Massages that use reflexology relax the organs connected to pressure points of the feet and hands. If the correct nerve ending is massaged, it can ease pain in the back and shoulders. It is also a good way to find out about any other ailments too”. She recommends pregnant women should consult a doctor before going for this massage.
Price: Rs 1200-2500; duration: 40-60 minutes.
Hot stone massage
The masseuse will apply sesame oil on your body and then place warm basalt stones on your back and other parts of the body. The stones are pressed down lightly to relieve muscle tension.
“Hot stone massages balance the energy centers of the body. Heat from the stones improves blood circulation and calms the nervous system. Go fo the massage if you are feeling he blues, have back pains or simply feel frayed,” . She does not recommend the massage for people with blood pressure and heart problems.
Price: Rs 2000-3500; duration: 1 hour.
“This massage removes toxins from the body. It is a hard massage that drains out the toxins,”. There’s high amount of pressure involved in this massage.
“It will take two or more sessions for it to show effect. This massage will take two or more sittings to show effect. This massage will help those with high blood pressure or heart problems,”.
Price: Rs.1800-2800; duration: 2 hours.
So decide which massage suits you and pamper yourself this monsoon!