Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Antique Spa Bali

It's all about finding your own sanctuary in city, that perfect "ESCAPE" you have been promising each other after tiresome office work and endless islands tour.

Get pampered and relaxed in SPA that offers Body Massage & Body Treatments in comfortable surroundings. An imaginative mixture of contemporary art & a refined use of materials create the stimulating feeling of today's spa. Your SPA!

A large complex in the country. 16 rooms with open-air baths. Offers male-to-male massage plus other body treatments plus foot reflexology, manicures and pedicures. Same management as the Antique restaurant in Jln. Dhyana Pura, Seminyak.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jamu Spa

From the misty fields of Bali, rice farmers would return to their village homes where they’d apply a hand-crushed spice paste (called ‘boreh’ in the Indonesian language) to their legs and feet, often leaving it on overnight. While boreh recipes vary from household to household, a key warming ingredient prevails -- ginger root - good for relieving muscle and joint ache, warming the body and increasing blood circulation. Taken internally, ginger also aids in digestion and soothes nausea.

Top Ten Reasons To Go To A Spa

Looking for a reason to go on a spa vacation? You can jumpstart a healthy lifestyle, reconnect with people you love, or just get away from it all and lay on the beach. Here are some of the best reasons to go to a spa - and suggestions on where to get the spa experience you're looking for.

1. Get Healthy!
Destination spas are the best choice if you're looking to make a major some healthy changes and need some support. This small group of all-inclusive "health spas" offer good nutrition and exercise balanced with relaxing spa treatment. They range from small rustic spas like New Age Health Spa to the legendary Canyon Ranch, with its unparalleled programming and medical staff. Destination spas are great for solo travelers.

2. Relax!
If you just want to get a few spa treatments, hang out by the pool, and eat cheeseburgers for lunch, try a resort spa. There's a huge range in terms of price, facilities and amenities. Ask if they offer exercise classes, how often, and if there's an extra charge. These are often the best choices for families because of kids club. Many also have golfing and lavish dining. California, Florida, and Arizona are the top three resort spa destinations, but you can find one in every state.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Vie Spa Kuta Bali

Let us to introduce to you, we are THE VIE RELAXATION located at Jl. Nakula No. 168X, Legian, Kuta, Bali, 20 minutes from airport. We are giving spa services which good for relaxation, beauty and health.

We are providing :

- Special packages : Natural Inspiration, Ayurweda Package, Ayurweda Treatments Sweet Memory, Honeymoon Packages, and best of Vie Relaxation.
- The Body Treatments : Balinese Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Foot Reflexology, Aromatic Hot Stone, Shiatsu Massage, Thai Massage, and.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wahyu Spa in Nusa Dua

Wahyu " A Simply Balinese Spa " located in Mumbul, Nusa Dua, Bali. Wahyu Spa have the best menu for perfect relaxing n rejuvenating your body and your main. the menu for example: balinese mandi lulur to create a shiny skin, sweet memory in bali with a special balinese costume, and special packages from wahyu spa.

Best of wahyu is package with balinese creambath, balinese traditional facial, twin massage oil wahyu spa, ayurvedic massage, oil head massage, shirodara n more. So you can choosing the best menu from our spa.

List Spa in Lovina Bali Area

Lovina Area
Adi Rama Spa at Lovina
Address: Jl. Raya Lovina
Aruna Spa at Bali Raman Hotel
Address: Jl. Raya Lovina
Cempaka Spa at Aneka Lovina Hotel
Address: Jl. Raya Kalibukbuk Lovina
Agung's Massage & Salon
Address: Jl. Damai Kalibukbuk Lovina
Arishta Spa at Sunari Villas & Spa Resort
Address: Jl. Raya Lovina

List Spa in Ubud Bali Area

Aura Spa
Address: Jl. Bisma 9 Ubud
Alam Wangi Spa
Address: Nyih Kuning Villages, Ubud
Bliss Spa at Ananda Cottages
Address: Campuhan Ubud, Gianyar 80571
Anugerah Traditional Massage & Therapy
Address: Jl. Hanoman 17 Ubud
Amandari Being at Amandari Resort
Address: Jl. Raya Sayang, Ubud
Agung Sari Spa
Address: Jl. Raya Sanggingan Ubud
Aniniraka Spa at Aniniraka Resort & Spa
Address: Jl. Campuhan Sanggingan Ubud

List Spa in Sanur Bali Area

AB Foot Reflexology & Massage
Address: 1 st Floor at Hardys Supermarket, Jl. Danau Tamblingan 136
Abian Srama Spa at Abian Srama Hotel
Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 23 Sanur
Alive Beauty Salon & Spa
Address: Jl.Danau Poso 107, Sanur
Cosmo Salon at Villa Anggun
Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 176/154 Sanur
Chic Beauty Salon & Spa
Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 53 Batujimbar Sanur
Chic 2 Beauty Salon & Spa
Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 84 Sanur
Edelweis Massage
Address: Jl. Cemara Sanur, Walk Blok 7A
Family Spa & Beauty Care
Address: Jl. Sudamala 9, Sanur
Grand Odiseus Fitness & Spa at Sanur Beach Hotel
Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
Harmony Spa & Beauty Salon
Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 178 Sanur
Halo Bali Spa

List Spa in Jimbaran Bali Area

Aroma Talk Jimbaran
Address: Jl. Raya Kampus Udayana 9 Jimbaran
Ayutaya Spa
Address: Jl. Bingin Sari Pondok Belong (Kampus UNUD) Jimbaran, Bali
Bel Air Spa
Address: Jl.By Pass Ngurah Rai, Gg. Mertasari No. 2, Jimbaran
Maha Spa
Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Gg.Mertasari, Jimbaran
Gallery Spa Bali
Address: Complex Sari Jimbaran,Blok Kemuning 6 Jimbaran
Henna Spa at Villa Balquesse
Address: Jl.Uluwatu 18X Jimbaran

List Spa in Tanjung Benoa Bali Area

Amadapa Spa at Ramada Resort
Address: Jl. Prataman 97A Tanjung Benoa
Ananda Salon & Spa
Address: Jl. Prataman 36 XY Tanjung Benoa
Biwana Spa at Aston Bali Resort & Spa
Address: Jl. Pratama 68X, Tanjung Benoa
Bali Hai Spa
Address: Jl. Prataman 65, Tanjung Benoa
Spa Bali Cruise
Address: Bali Marina, Jl. Wisata Tirta, Pelabuhan Benoa
Bali Tropical Spa at Bali Tropic Resort & Spa

List Spa in Nusa Dua Bali Area

Adi Spa
Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 501
Baliwis Spa
Address: Jl. Bay Pass Lagoon 9 Nusa Dua
Dewi Shri Spa
Address: Jl. Pantai Mengiat 8, Nusa Dua
Dewi Fortuna Spa & Beauty Salon
Address: Jl. Bay Pass Ngurah Rai 38, Nusa Dua
dh Spa
Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Mumbul
Frangipani Spa

List Spa in Kuta Bali Area

Anika Spa & Hair Beauty Salon
Address: Komplek Burung Jl. Beo No. 5 Tuban
Aphrodisia Spa
Address: Jl. Singosari No. 55 A Kuta
Antique Spa
Address: Jl. Dukuh Indah, Banjar Semer Umalas Kerobokan
Amoaras Spa
Address: Jl. Laksamana 57 Oberoi Seminyak
Akhyati Spa
Address: Jl. Bumbak 88X Umalas Kerobokan
Aroma Episode Spa
Address: Jl. Nakula, Sunset Rood Seminyak
Arum Spa

Puri Esthetic Spa Sanur Bali

Relax into a world of luxurious seclusion, stylish service and spiritual contentment. Set amidst a lush and rambling tropical garden, Puri Esthetic has been providing a unique level of personalized, professional spa service since opening in March 1998. The personal vision of owner Lili Herawati, has seen this beautiful former residence transformed into Bali's premier luxury spa hideaway.

Puri Esthetic's successful philosophy is based on a caring and individual approach to all our guests. This commitment is supported by modern facilities, staffed by highly trained professionals using only locally selected, quality natural products.

Spa Glossary Z

Zen :

The Zen is a Japanese teaching with origins in ancient China whose belief is that the only path to enlightenment is through direct, intuitive insight-by focusing solely on your essential nature.

Spa Glossary Y

Yoga :

Ancient art and philosophy that involves both mind and body and is aimed at self-development and self-realization. The physical practice of yoga involves performing postures (asanas) and using controlled breathing and meditation to stretch and tone the body and improve circulation.

Spa Glossary W

Whirlpool Bath :

Warm water jets massage give away the aches and strains. It makes you feel better and it has health benefits as well. Whirlpools stimulate circulation without increasing your heart rate, so there is an improvement in skin tone and a reduction of stress hormones in the blood system during and after taking a whirlpool bath.

Working Pool :

In a 37°C seawater pool, movements and exercises effectuated under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Close to aqua aerobics but with a more medical orientation.

Spa Glossary V

Vichy Shower :

Inspired by treatments in the French thermal spa city, involves client lying down on a table atop a cushioned mat and under a spray of warm water from a five- to-seven head shower system. It is meant to reduce stress, hydrate, and improve circulation.

Vegetarian :

The person one who eats only fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and sometimes eggs or dairy products.

Spa Glossary U

Ultra Sound :

The Ultrasound spa treatments use low-frequency sound waves to promote subcutaneous rejuvenation by causing friction beneath the surface of the skin. This technique is employed in several areas of spa aesthetics, from facials to cellulite reduction. Many spa professionals claim that ultrasound treatments tend to be even more effective and efficient than similar treatments without ultrasound.

Spa Glossary T

Tai Chi :

Chinese martial art that uses forms, stylized gestures regulated by deep breathing, and the movement of the diaphragm to unite body and mind in order to achieve mental clarity, balance, and improved circulation. It involves mental concentration, visualization, and graceful, dancelike movements.

Thai Massage :

Traditionally done on the floor, with client dressed in loose clothing, a full-body treatment that involves passive, yoga-like stretching and pressure-point massage along the body's major energy channels to release blocked energy, relieve tension, and increase awareness and tranquility.

Spa Glossary S

Sauna :

Bathing process that consists of periods of perspiring in the heat and steam created by throwing water on heated stones. In combination with refreshing cold showers, sauna therapy is said to enhance the body's immune system and relieve stress.

Seaweed Wrap :

Body treatment using concentrated seawater and seaweed that contains nutrients including minerals, rare trace elements, vitamins, and proteins. Said by proponents to detoxify, increase circulation, and improve appearance of cellulite.

Spa Glossary R

Reflexology :

Ancient Chinese technique that uses pressure-point massage, usually on the feet (but also on the hands and ears), to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body.

Reiki :

Japanese healing technique in which practitioners use their hands to bring energy into the body for deep relaxation and wellbeing.

Resort Spa :

Spa Glossary Q

Qi Gong (Also Spelled Chi Gung or Chi Kung) :

From qi (energy) and gong (the achievement that comes from practice), a group of Chinese self-healing exercises. They combine simple movement, breathing, and mental imagery to relax and strengthen the body and the mind.

Spa Glossary P

Paraffin Treatment :

Heated paraffin wax is brushed over the body to soothe muscles and, by drawing out the dirt, removing the dead skin, and drawing out perspiration through the head, leave skin clean and soft.

Phytotherapy :

Healing treatment with plants, such as herbs and seaweed, and in the form of aromatic essential oils and herbal and floral extracts, applied in conjunction with massage, packs and wraps, water and steam therapies, inhalation treatments, and homeopathy.

Spa Glossary O

Organic :

The Organic is a type of food produced with the exclusive use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin and without the use of chemicals in any fashion, including growth hormones, pesticides, fertilizers.

Osteoporosis :

Osteoporosis is from "porous bones," progressive disease in which bones become weaker. It most commonly affects post-menopausal women. Weight-baring exercises are helpful in maintaining bone health, as is sufficient intake of calcium.

Spa Glossary N

Neuromuscular Integration :

Neuromuscular Integration is a body work and exercise system that focuses on the interaction between the central nervous system and the muscles of the body.

NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) :

NIA is a hybrid form that combines the grace and spontaneity of dance, the power and explosiveness of martial arts, and the stillness and concentration of yoga and tai chi in an energetic, low-impact full-body cardiovascular workout.

Spa Glossary M

Marine Course :

In a corridor filled with seawater and equipped with hydromassage ducts, this method is used for walking reeducation. Besides, it improves blood circulation and tones muscles.

Massage :

Manipulation of tissues, usually manually, to improve health and well-being by relaxing muscles, relieving tension, and improving circulation.

Spa Glossary L

Loofah Scrub :

Exfoliation with a sponge made of the fibrous skeleton of the loofah, a vegetable from the gourd family. Loofah is used extensively in Europe and Asia because of its effectiveness in removing dry skin and stimulating circulation.

Lymph Drainage / Lymphatic Drainage :

Form of massage in which hands and fingers apply gentle, wave-like movements meant to stimulate circulation in the lymph system to drain away excess fluids and trapped toxins. It is said to have many healthful benefits.

Spa Glossary K

Kur Or Cure :

From the German "kur," and from the French "cure", a planned course of spa treatments that typically involve hydrotherapy, mud baths, algae, and herbs. "Taking the kur" might be a ten -to twenty- day process every three months.

Krauter Bath :

The Krauter Bath is based on German natural remedy, this is a strong, aromatic herbal bath solution.

Spa Glossary J

Juice Fast :

The Juice fast is a type of Short-term diet regimen consisting of only fresh fruit or vegetable juices. Advocates claim it detoxifies the body.

Jacuzzi :

The Jacuzzi is the first free-standing whirlpool bath was introduced by Roy Jacuzzi in 1968, of the famous inventing Jacuzzi family, whose members also were also responsible for advances in agriculture and aviation. Though many companies manufacture whirlpool baths today, Jacuzzi is the trademarked name for the invention.

Spa Glossary I

ISPA :

The ISPA is the abbreviation ofInternational Spa Association, a professional organization representing all aspects of the spa industry: club spas, cruise ship spas, day spas, destination spas, resort/hotel spas, medical spas, and mineral springs spas.

Inhalation Therapy :

The Inhalation Therapy is the steam vapor treatments that are deemed especially helpful for those suffering from impaired respiratory function due to illness or a smoking habit. Vapor is often mixed with herbal elements such as eucalyptus and chamomile. This form of therapy is often found at spas with access to a mineral or thermal spring.

Spa Glossary H

Herbal Wrap :

Treatment using strips of cloth soaked in a heated herbal solution to wrap around the body. It is used for relaxation and said to eliminate impurities and detoxify.

Holistic Medicine :

System of heath care that looks at the entire person, taking into account physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values, and avails itself all modes of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery in the absence of a safe alternative. The patient is urged to make personal efforts to achieve balance and well-being.

Spa Glossary G

Gommage :

Cleansing, rehydrating treatment using creams that are applied in long movements, similar to a massage.

Green Tea :

The Green Tea whose leaves come from the same shrub as black tree but are heated before oxidation (called fermentation) is complete. It may reduce risk of cancer and help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Spa Glossary F

Facial Or Fasciatherapie :

Generic term for treatment of skin in the face that usually includes massaging, cleansing, toning, steaming, exfoliating, and moisturizing.

Fangotherapy :

From the Italian word for mud, a treatment that uses mineralized mud mixed with oil or water and applied over the body as a heat pack to detoxify the skin, soothe the muscles, and stimulate circulation.

Functional foods :

The Functional Foods that have been fortified with herbs, vitamins, minerals, or other supplements.

Spa Glossary E

Effleurage :

Massage technique involving quick, long strokes used at the beginning and end of certain treatments.

Electrotherapy :

Recent scientific studies have provent that electrotherapy can reduce both acute and chronic pain. Electrical stimulation may directly block transmission of pain signals along nerves. In addition, electrical stimulation has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body. Several different electrical stimulation devices exist, each producing different frequencies, waveforms, and effects.

Spa Glossary D

Datavein® :

The DataVein® is a riskless prevention instrument, which accelerates venous flowrate to eliminate stasis, thus, preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Emboly. Besides, this physical method allows to cure venous and lymphatic illnesses, to rehabilitate trauma and rhumatology patients and to participate in the sportsman optimal medical and physiological care. The DataVein® is an electric stimulator of the soft muscles. It delivers a very low frequency pulse for which the shape and duration are similar to the sympathic signals towards soft muscles.

Spa Glossary C

Cellu M6 :

Modern treatment used to remove deposits of lumpy fat and fibrous tissue that cause dimpling of the skin in the thighs, hips, and buttocks of some women. The Cellu M6 therapy is a kind of massage made by a machine in smilness or anti-cellulite spa therapies.

Color Therapy/Chromatherapy :

Use of color to balance mental and spiritual health through the use of colored rooms, light bulbs, fabrics, etc. The technique dates back to ancient Egypt.

Spa Glossary B

Balneology :

Thermal water used for therapeutic purposes along with other mineral elements: water vapours, mud and natural thermal gases. Thermal waters have to receive a certification by the French Health Ministry in order to bear this name.

Balneotherapy :

The use of water to restore and revitalize the body. Since Roman times, balneotherapy has been used to improve circulation, fortify the immune system, and relieve pain and stress.

Spa Glossary A

Accupressure :

Traditional Chinese method of pressure-point massage used to stimulate the flow of energy in the body. Practised in spa resorts and thalassotherapy centers in relaxation therapies.

Acupuncture :

Traditional Chinese healing technique. It can be administered by using needles, low-voltage electric current (electro acupuncture), or pinpoint massage (acupressure). This is also a relaxation technique used in spa treatments.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What Is A Spa?

The word "spa" conjures up images of long days filled with mud baths and meditation classes, exquisitely prepared spa cuisine, and fragrant eucalyptus groves.

But spas, lately, seem to be popping up everywhere: office buildings, strip malls, village storefronts. Salons with one tiny massage table tout their spa services. Even nail places call themselves spa pedicures. How can they all be spas?

What Is A Spa Treatment?

Spa treatments are the services that a spa provides.

The most popular spa treatment in the United States and a good place to start is massage. It has been around for thousands of years and has a number of health benefits.

Other popular spa treatments include facials and body treatments like salt glows and body wraps.

Most spas have a nail salon offering spa manicures and spa pedicures . Spas with salons offer hair cutting and styling services.

Once you've tried the basic spa treatments, you might want to branch out to different types of massage like Thai massage , hot stone massage or reflexology. You should talk to your esthetician about what facial services or body treatments would be most appropriate for your skin type.

Remember, the most important thing you can do to enjoy your trip to the spa is arrive at least 15 minutes before your treatment is scheduled to begin. That way you can check in, change into your robe, and start to relax. If the spa has facilities like a sauna, steam bath, or hot tub, arrive even earlier.

Massage Therapists

Massage therapists might be right out of school or have twenty years experience -- and it costs the same! So how do you find great massage therapists, especially if you hope to see them for massage on a regular basis?

* Ask For Referrals!
Getting recommendations for massage therapists from friends is always a good idea. You can even ask massage therapists for a recommendations if they are moving, don't do the kind of massage you're looking for, or work at a fancy spa that is out of your budget for ongoing treatments. If you're local, massage therapists might even have a private practice at more affordable rates.

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a relaxing treatment that has been around for thousands of years. In fact, the word “massage” comes from the Greek root “masso," which means "to touch". Massage therapists use a variety of gliding, kneading and cross-fiber friction strokes to work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and improving circulation.

You are usually nude during a massage,but covered by sheets. Only the part being worked on is exposed and modesty is always protected Massage oil is used to lubricate the skin.

Many people consider massage therapy to be just about pampering, but it has important health benefits. In fact, you get the greatest benefit when massage therapy is part of your regular wellness routine.

Jamu Spa School - Tuban Bali

Welcome to Jamu Spa School

Massage and Spa Therapy is a growing profession. There rarely seems to be a lack of employment opportunity available for professional Spa therapists. Whether working in a Spa or alone, this can be one of the most rewarding fields of study available today.

Career opportunities are increasing as more people discover the value of professional spa therapist. Graduates of Jamu Spa School may expect to work in settings such as day spas, health clubs and cruise ships or work for him/her self in a private practice.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

About Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage

A Balinese massage uses a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure and aromatherapy oils to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and ‘qi’ (energy) around your body, and bring deep relaxation and wellness.

An ancient technique, Balinese massage uses a variety of techniques including skin rolling, kneading and stroking, acupressure and reflexology; essential oils will relax and soothe you.

Balinese massage is a rigorous and luxurious spa treatment and a great one to choose if you want to experience a variety of massage techniques, relax and feel spiritually renewed at the same time. Balinese massage is related to the Ayurveda, the Indian holistic medical system. A relaxation massage with attitude, this treatment will boost your circulation and give you a deep tissue and muscular massage as well.

A Balinese massage works deeply to soothe damaged tissue, and relieve strained muscles and joint pain. The boost to your circulation will help reduce stress and rebalance your body.

Because it works very deeply into the tissue, as well as boosting circulation and harnessing acupressure and reflexology techniques, Balinese massage is a highly effective treatment for sports injuries.

Balinese massage can help with a wide range of ailments, including migraine, muscle and joint pain, sleep disorder, stress, anxiety or depression. It can also help with allergies and breathing problems like asthma.

The use of oils is calming and sensual and leaves you feeling relaxed and serene.

Prepare to feel smothered in relaxation, as this treatment soothes you from every direction. You really should wallow in this massage - make sure you have enough time to get to the spa or treatment room beforehand, to get settled, and enough time afterwards to luxuriate in the feelings you’ll be left with afterwards.

You should wear loose-fitting clothing or simply judiciously placed towels, as the therapist will need to access your whole body at different stages in the massage.

On a practical level, bear in mind that some essential oils stain - you’re probably better off wearing towels or a robe for this treatment.

It’s a good idea to tell your therapist if you:
• are, or think you might be, pregnant
• have joint or limb pain
• have recently had surgery or any other injury
• have high/low blood pressure or a history of heart problems
• have any other medical conditions or are receiving any form of treatment
as this may affect the kind of oils and massage that is appropriate for you.

Balinese massage is usually performed on a soft mat on the floor, or on a massage couch. It can also be done with you seated in a chair, if, for medical reasons for example, this is more comfortable for you.

Essential oils form an important part of a Balinese massage - smell is a very powerful stimulant triggering memory and other associations - the use of oils can be very therapeutic, and will stimulate your body’s circulation and lymphatic system.

Expect the therapist to use quite deep pressure during the massage, as they work on deep, knotted tissue and muscle damage. They will also use long, gentle strokes and kneading to relieve tension and improve circulation in the muscles closer to the surface of the skin.

At the end of a Balinese massage the therapist is likely to pour some coconut or other scented oils onto your body.

Sessions usually last about an hour.
Expect to smell pretty extraordinary after any massage that uses essential oils - you may want to enjoy that aspect and wait a while to shower. Just be aware that you may get some funny looks in the street smelling this luxurious.

If you have to go to a meeting or other event after your massage, it may be appropriate to smell less like a botanic garden - shower before you go.

You will feel all kinds of wonderful after a Balinese massage - relaxed, refreshed, re-energised. You will probably smell fantastic after all those essential oils as well.

If you are offered the chance to lie down or have a steam or hot shower afterwards, take it. Soak in the wonderful feelings of relaxation and realignment for as long as you can.

Bali is just one of hundreds of islands that make up Indonesia. Many of these islands have evolved their own special kind of Indonesian massage. All of them fuse ancient traditions and practices together into massage treatments that will help your body to heal physically and spiritually, and leave you feeling wonderful. Here are a few examples:
• Sasak massage
• Lombok massage
• Urat massage
• Balinese Boreh - a Balinese massage created by rice farmers to ease pain using a preparation of a paste of ground spices
• Javanese Lulur Ritual (traditionally performed on brides in preparation to marriage)

Info from Balispa.Net

About Spa

Massage

Just like a mechanic has many different tools and tricks for keeping your car running smoothly; massage therapists have a dozen different techniques and complimentary therapies to keep the human body healthy, happy and balanced.

Massage is thought to be the oldest form of medical therapy practiced on the human body. The different types of massage and the various techniques that encompass them stem from our most celebrated civilizations and their traditional beliefs ancient Greek and Rome, ancient India and China.

Dating as far back as 2,700 B.C., ancient Eastern Chinese cultures practiced massage to heal a variety of ailments from labor pain to paralysis. Ancient Egyptian tombs have been discovered adorned with images of figures being massaged. In addition, according to traditional Indian medicine, a system known as Ayurveda, therapeutic massage was performed using a variety of aromatherapy oils and spices for their healing properties. Even Greek and Roman heroes - such as the great Julius Caesar - underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

In Western culture the most practiced form of massage is undoubtedly Swedish massage. First introduced in the 19th century, Swedish masseuses were thought to have borrowed many of their techniques from traditional China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome masseuses. A variety of the most effective massage techniques have also been incorporated into other complementary therapies - aromatherapy, Reiki, reflexology, Rolfing, Amma therapy and osteopathy.

Many of our now popular modern massage techniques were created in order to heal specific health conditions. For example, soldiers who fought in World War I were administered massage for nerve damage and to soothe shell shock in western hospitals during the 1930s.

Massage is still used today for treating a wide range of ages from babies to seniors - in a variety of intensive care, health club, and health clinic and hospital settings. To this day, massage is still used to treat various conditions such as premature birth, various types of cancer, AIDS, osteoarthritis, lumbar back pain, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, paralysis, heart attack, and stroke. Click on the links below to discover an amazing variety of massage therapy techniques. You’re almost certain to find a popular style that suits your body perfectly!


Relaxation Massage

A relaxation massage is exactly what the name implies: a massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effects or for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort.

During a session, the patient will remove most of their clothing and lie on a massage table, usually with some sort of thin sheet draped over the body. Usually a relaxation massage can be modified and tailored to your specific desires. The massage takes place in a quiet, comforting environment, with your choice of any music or candlelight in the background.

The massage consists of the therapist applying gentle to medium pressure of the hands to the body, gently manipulating the tissue to promote relaxation. It is not a deep tissue massage. It is not designed for working the deeper muscles of the body, but just a gentle kneading and rubbing of the outer layers of the body tissue. It will cover a wide range of areas on the body including the back, legs, arms and neck.

Sometimes there is the option of adding some aromatherapy treatment to your massage therapy. High quality aromatherapy oils can heighten the holistic experience of the massage and allow for greater relaxation and restoration of one’s energy balance. Of course, unscented oil is also an option. The oil produces a more slippery surface for the therapist to work on, so there is no pulling of the skin. During the massage, the patient can remain quiet and simply explore their own personal thoughts in their head, or they can chat with the therapist if so desired. The session can be personalized to be exactly how you like it.

Many live their stressful lives day to day without taking any time off just for them. Everyone deserves a well needed moment of relaxation and this massage is just the right technique for that. It will relax your mind and body, giving you a break from the stresses of one’s life. The length of the massage will depend on how long you would like it to last. Typically the option is between half an hour and two hours in length. Massages are open to people of all ages, and some places even often couples massage, where the couple is massaged in the same room allowing them to share the experience together.

Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relief minor muscle pain, and promote overall relaxation. Most people don’t take enough time off for themselves anymore. It’s about time you’ve pampered yourself with a relaxation massage!


Spa Massage

There are many different kinds of spa massages available at spa clinics. Massages offered at spas are usually only for relaxation purposes, not for people seeking relief from chronic pain or serious injury. Clients can book a day at the spa or stay for a weekend. Some spa locations even offer resort packages including food and accommodations. There is also the option of just visiting the spa for a specific treatment. A spa massage is more than just a massage - it’s a relaxing environment where you can spend a day or more escaping life’s stresses.

The type of massage received at a spa depends on what the individual is in the mood for. Depending on the particular spa, there are many different massages to choose from - such as Swedish, full body, hot stone therapy, pre and post natal, shiatsu, facial, deep tissue, relaxation, and aromatherapy [Aromatherapy] massages. Clients can choose to have their massage delivered to the whole body, or they can have it concentrated on one particular area.

The pressure of the massage (light, medium, or deep) depends on your own comfort zone, as each spa massage treatment can be custom designed to suit your desires. This is why spa treatments ask clients to show up approximately twenty minutes before their appointment so that their own personal massage therapy session can be designed and ready. Clients are also encouraged to feel free to request any adjustments during the treatment in order to achieve the most comfortable experience.

During the spa massage, the client typically unclothes, and towels or sheets will be draped over the areas that are not part of the treatment. If a client is uncomfortable with this, they usually have the option of wearing a bathing suit during the procedure instead. But the massage environment is completely private and comfortable so there is no need to feel embarrassed. Some spa massages can also be done as a couple so you can share the experience with a special someone.

Normally you do not have to bring anything to the spa, as robes and any other necessary items are supplied. They only ask that you shower before your massage treatment and remove any jewelry. Facial massage also requires the removal of makeup prior to the procedure.

When receiving a spa massage treatment you usually receive a number of other relaxing benefits. Most spas are located in areas with a great view or beautiful landscaping. Following your massage, they may finish your treatment by letting you relax outside on decks or patios while enjoying the refreshing environment. Refreshments and snacks may also be offered following the treatment to help ease you back into the real world from your state of deep relaxation. A spa massage is more than just a session of light bodywork, it’s a total therapeutic experience designed to relax the mind, body and soul.

Info from Balispa.Net