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Let go and relax. Everyday stress and physical activity can leave our bodies feeling stiff and our muscles tired and knotted. From a walk-in back rub to a luxury full body massage, a bit of TLC can help to make all the difference – leaving you feeling refreshed, relaxed and re-aligned. Time to say goodbye to that tension...
There are many different varieties of massage, from familiar forms such as aromatherapy massage and Indian head massage, to the more unusual sound massage and six hand massage. What they all have in common is the manipulation of the body – your therapist will use their hands, elbows, forearms, feet or special tools to help aid circulation and knead the knots away. You’ll soon be feeling as good as new...
During most massage sessions, you will be asked to remove your clothes and lie down on a special table (although head, hand and foot massages can be performed fully clothed). Your therapist will then encourage you to relax completely as they get to work – you may even find that you fall asleep.
Massages can last from 10 minutes for a quick back rub to 2 hours for a deluxe pampering session. Some therapists may make use of oils when rubbing your skin – so probably best not to wear your best clothes for this one.
There are plenty of massages to help soothe all sorts of medical complaints. Those with poor circulation may benefit from a Swedish massage, whilst Thai massage can help with stress. Sports massage and deep tissue massage are good for those with more serious aches and pains, whilst pre-natal massage makes a lovely treat for mums-to-be.
Massage was practised extensively in the ancient world, from Rome and Greece to India, Japan and China. Techniques have differed over the ages – reportedly, massage clients in Romania were regularly trodden on by tame bears in the hope of loosening up their muscles. We’re pretty glad that tradition’s died out...