Asking someone to give your foot a quick rub or help with a kink in your neck might be a nice way to talk someone in to a massage at home but when you want to get a proper massage, you might be a bit confused over what type you need. And with so much competition out there for the types of massage London has to offer, knowing the difference between a trigger point massage and shiatsu massage is important.
To help make it easier, I’ve listed some of the most popular massage treatments in London and what each one does.
Massage Type 1 – Hot Stone
A massage where someone only touches you four times doesn’t sound like that great an idea, but go for a hot stone massage in London and you’ll soon find that being left alone with a very hot rock on your back might be just what you needed.
Paying for a massage like this might seem a little silly, but hot stones have been said to help alleviate points of stress on the lower back and improve circulation around the body. Some therapists will actually use the stones when they massage someone as it can take a lot of pressure out of working with a troublesome area.
Massage Type 2 – Swedish
It’s tried and tested and does the job when you can’t turn your head to the side or have an aching pain in the back of your leg. A Swedish massage is best for people who really need to get their muscles to loosen up and have nagging issues that they can’t deal with at home no matter how many times you roll a lacrosse ball around your back.
A proper Swedish massage is meant to feel a level of slight discomfort when a therapist really goes to town after finding a knot or trapped nerve. You might squirm lying face down while it’s happening but you’ll walk out feeling like a new (and very loose) person.
Massage Type 3 – Hydrotherapy
Ever sit in a hot tub and always try to get the jet to massage your back? Well there are some spas in the city that have dedicated hydrotherapy massage rooms that work just like a hot tub before a million times better. In most cases, the massage treatment will see you sitting in a tub shaped like a single bed which has jets all over it. You lie in, get the temperature just right and then program where you want the tub to massage you.
If you like it hot, you might even be able to get a mineral based massage that puts a soak with your bath salts to shame and involves a therapist spraying jets all over your back.
Massage Type 4 – Turkish Massage
Of course if you don’t like sitting by a jet but still want a good old rub with some rubber, you need to try a traditional Turkish massage. This type of massage is a three-stage process. Firstly, a person sits in a room just like a sauna that makes you get a bit of a sweat on. Secondly, you move in to an even hotter room that opens your pores and get you feeling almost mildly uncomfortable before you get to throw cold water over yourself. You then move in to a room where someone performs a full body massage and wash before leaving you to lay in a cooling room and let your body temperature get back to normal.
Now these are just a few common types of massages and everyone will have their own little type that they prefer; just as long as walk out feeling much better than when you went in.