Have you been thinking about getting a massage but don’t really know much about the various benefits or which type of massage will best suit your individual needs? Then it’s time to ask us there at La Spa, just what can massage do for you?

Got aches and pains? Feel generally run down? Just don’t have any get up and go? Have you thought about getting a massage? If you answered, “Well, we all have aches and pains but you just have to take a couple of paracetamol and get on with it, sure massage is only for athletes and couples on holiday,” then we’d like you to think again.

For example, did you know that massage not only helps you relax and de-stress, but actually lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system, alleviates pain and improves flexibility? And that’s just for starters.

Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of massage.

Massage can:

  • Alleviate bodily aches and pains and improve the range of motion in your joints,

  • Relax and repair injured, tired or overused muscles,

  • Improve the elasticity and youthfulness of your skin,

  • Promote tissue generation, reducing the visibility of scars and stretch marks,

  • Improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients around vital organs,

  • Enhance the immune system by stimulating the lymph flow – the body’s natural defence system against cold and ‘flu,

  • Relieve migraine,

  • Reduce spasms and cramping,

  • Ease dependence on medication as massage releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer, into your bloodstream,

  • Assist with shorter and more comfortable pregnancies.

In addition to these very powerful physical benefits, massage can also be used to help manage stress. After a massage session you can expect to feel a sense of mental wellness and clarity. Massage has been shown to help decrease anxiety and fatigue and increase energy and concentration, meaning you’ll feel mentally as well as physically improved by your massage experience.

Best of all, after a therapeutic massage session, you’ll have the best night’s sleep you’ll have had in a long time!

Understanding the different types of massage treatments can help you decide which massage is right for you.

Here is a brief overview of the main types of massage available at La Spa.

Holistic Massage

Is the name given to all massage treatments; these break down into sub-categories of different massage styles from around the world. Each has its own unique benefits.

Indian Head Massage

Reduces stress and sustains mental wellbeing

Swedish Massage

Encourages circulation in the body and stimulates muscles

Hot Stone Massage

Provides positive energy and deep heat penetration to muscles

Aromatherapy Massage

Treats the body for specific ailments using essential oils

Lomi Lomi Massage

Is a Hawaiian massage using sweeping movements to relax the mind and body

Ki Massage

Is a light touch massage encouraging positive energy and wellbeing

Reflexology Massage

Uses specific pressure points on the hands and feet to stimulate bodily organs and the nervous system

During a massage, your massage therapist uses their hands and fingers to press and manipulate your skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles. The strokes gently move your blood, oxygen and lymph to various tissues and organs to support healing wherever your body needs it. The result is a level of physical and mental rejuvenation that leaves you feeling stronger, healthier and happier.

For a full list of our massage treatments visit the massage page on our website.

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