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Feb 13, 2014
Linda Hutton

Ask LH: What’s The Difference Between All These Types Of Massages?

Whats the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?

Dear Lifehacker, I really need a massage, but I’m confused by the dozens of different types to choose from. What’s the difference between a Swedish massage, a deep tissue massage and a Shiatsu massage? How do I know which one to pick?
Thanks, Sore All Over

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Dear Sore,

A good massage is truly a treat and offers many health benefits. As you’ve noted, massage places tend to offer lots of options on their services menus. In fact, there are over 200 different massage techniques and types, all treating different needs and providing various benefits. Let’s break it down. Here are nine of the most popular types of massages and when you might want to choose them.

Massages for Relaxation and Stress Relief

Some massages are more soothing than others, leaving you feeling like you’ve been wrapped in a cloud and the “reset” button pressed on your body.

Swedish Massage

Whats the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?

This is the most common type of massage therapy, and what many people are thinking about when they hear the word “massage” or try to give someone else or themselves a good massage. Swedish massage uses a combination of these basic movements:

  • Long, sweeping strokes (effleurage), usually used at the start and end of a massage
  • Muscle kneading and rolling (petrissage), where the muscles are worked on just like kneading dough
  • Friction, where deep pressure is applied to a particular spot with the thumb, fingertips, or knuckles
  • Rhythmic tapping (tapotement), fast percussion movements like chopping and even pounding. ( notes, however, that percussion techniques have fallen out of favour for Swedish massages because they’re not relaxing — the way that karate chops to your naked, oiled body could be distracting)

Best for: An intro to massage, stress relief, relaxation, releasing cramped or tense muscles, couples massage

Hot Stone Massage

Whats the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?

During hot stone massage, your body is not only weighted down with hot, smooth stones, but the masseuse also uses the stones to massage your body. It’s like being caressed by the smoothest (rollerball-like) hands, but also being scorched by them for a “Yeeooowwww!….Ahhhhh” effect. A hot stone massage is mostly relaxing, but it also is more invigorating than your run-of-the-mill massage, thanks to the almost-too-much heat bringing you back to focus on the moment instead of letting you drift off. The heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively.

Best for: Releasing very tense muscles, relaxation

Chair Massage

Whats the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?

You’ve probably seen these strange contraptions at conventions, the shopping centre, nail salons, and maybe even your office. Chair massages have you sitting face forward in a chair so the therapist can massage mostly your neck, shoulders, and back. The good thing is you don’t have to take off your clothes or have oils slathered all over you. The bad thing is you don’t get a thorough whole-body massage as you do with other methods, and, since this is often done in public places, it can be very distracting and not as relaxing. Depending on the massage therapist, however, a chair massage can really get the tension out of your upper body.

You might see other kinds of chair massages, such as massage chairs in shopping centres. But you might as well buy a good massage pillow for home.

Best for: Quick massages when you’ve been walking all day, stress relief

Massages for Treating Pain and Specific Conditions

Traditional massages are great when you just need a little stress relief and relaxation. When you have knotted muscles, however, or have more specific ailments, more attentive techniques are required.

Deep Tissue Massage

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As the name suggests, deep tissue massage applies deep pressure onto specific trouble points. It feels very much like someone is torturing you on purpose by pushing into your knotted muscle, and the massage can leave you feeling sore. It’s not just more pressure all over your body, however (which would be true torture), it’s very specific, methodical treatment. As Moyer Wellness explains:

Deep Tissue is a very specific massage treatment in which the therapist uses knuckles and elbow’s to “strip out” muscle tissue as far down to the bone as possible. Sound invasive? It is! It is definitely not for everyone. However there are millions of people out there that would never have their treatment any other way. This modality can be helpful to the following people: athletes who are considerably harder on their bodies than the average person, people who are undergoing physical therapy to aid in the breakdown process of scar tissue, (AFTER PROPER HEALING FROM THE INJURY HAS OCCURED), or anyone who has very dense tissue and thus responds better to the work.

…It is very important to ALWAYS speak up and let your therapist know if you need the pressure to be corrected, (i.e. if you need them to lighten up because it is too deep, or to apply more because it is not deep enough). Most everyone needs more pressure in some areas and less in others. This occurs because muscle tissue that contains Trigger Points is more sensitive to pressure and can be tender to the touch.

This is not the kind of massage to ask for if you expect to feel relaxed during the therapy, and afterwards you might feel sore for a couple of days.

Best for: Treating stiff, painful trouble spots, such as the shoulder and neck

Trigger Point Massage

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Like Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage focuses on specific areas of the body, rather than massaging the whole body. In this technique, the therapist pinpoints exactly the “problem” muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax. Massage chain Massage Envy explains:

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. … The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

Deep tissue and trigger point massages are very similar. The difference is that deep tissue massage uses various traditional massage techniques to work the tissue, whereas trigger point massage is literally looking to manipulate or press on that one point that relieves tension in an entire area (perhaps not even nearby). For both, consider this contraption, which is an invaluable tool for torturing soothing sore muscles all over your body. This is a great guide on doing trigger point therapy for yourself.

Best for: Chronic muscle pain and tension

Neuromuscular Therapy

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Neuromuscular therapy is a subset of trigger point massage. A highly trained therapist applies pressure to the areas where you have muscle spasms — muscles that are painful to the touch. WebMD explains:

Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.

Neuromuscular therapy will feel painful at first, but it should relax the muscle and help it get more oxygen and blood flow.

Best for: Treating injuries and issues like poor circulation or posture problems, lower back pain.

Massages for Overall Health and Rejuvenation

While the massages above should all leave you feeling better, some specific types of massages may be better for an overall energy boost.

Shiatsu Massage

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Shiatsu (literally, “finger pressure”) is an ancient technique from Japan. It combines gentle stretches with finger pressure to work on different pressure points. The idea is to fix imbalances in the flow of energy in your body. Although there’s no concrete evidence of Shiatsu’s use as a healing method, people who have had this massage still report stress and pain relief.’s Alternative Medicine site says:

A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

Unlike other types of massage, you stay clothed during the treatment.

Best for: Ailments such as headaches, back pain, and lack of energy

Thai Massage

Whats the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?

Thai massage works your entire body. It’s one of the most invigorating types of massages, as the therapist rigorously manipulates your body, moving it into yoga-like stretches. (It’s sometimes referred to as “Yoga for the lazy”.) The therapist uses every part of his or her body — hands, knees, legs and feet — to not only stretch you but also apply pressure on your muscles and loosen your joints. You might even get walked on! This type of massage is both energising and, at times, relaxing.

Best for: Improving energy, increased flexibility, overall health and well-being.

Sports Massage

Whats the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?

Finally, sports massage is designed specifically for the very physically active (whether you’re a professional athlete or not). It combines Swedish, Shiatsu and other techniques to concentrate on the areas that are related to your sport. Athletes often get sports massages to prepare for peak performance, prevent injury, and also treat injury. Sports Injury Clinic, which offers several demonstration videos, says:

The benefits and effects of sports massage include physical effects such as circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue.

There are physiological effects such as reducing pain and relaxing muscles as well as psychological affects which include reducing anxiety levels.

Best for: Athletes

The massage types above are some of the most popular massages you can get, but there are many others. Regardless of the type of massage you opt for, be sure to tell your therapist which areas you especially need work on, whether you have any health issues, and, during the massage, how the pressure feels. When you find a therapist you like, you might want to book a standing appointment with him or her for pain and stress relief all year long.


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Dec 31, 2013
Linda Hutton

Fanciful features

From a built-in vacuum cleaner to seats that give a hot stone massage while en route, automakers are luring shoppers into showrooms with an engaging array of the latest high-tech systems.
From a built-in vacuum cleaner to seats that give a hot stone massage while en route, automakers are luring shoppers into showrooms with an engaging array of the latest high-tech systems.
There’s no such thing as a “stripped down” new car any more. Even some of the smallest and least expensive rides on the road come equipped with a modicum of features including air conditioning, an audio system and power windows and locks. What’s more, top-shelf items like a heated steering wheels and cooled seats, high-tech infotainment systems and sophisticated collision avoidance systems are fast becoming available on models in all segments for the pleasure of increasingly gadget-minded buyers.

And automakers are rolling out a bevy of new features that continue to push the proverbial envelope in terms of safety, comfort and just plain coolness to help differentiate their models in a highly competitive marketplace. Here’s a quick look at some of the niftiest debuting for the 2014 model year:  Auto Lane Keeping. Models from Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz bring the self-driving car one step closer this year, thanks to available systems that leverage cameras and sensors to keep an electric eye on the road ahead, and can automatically make minor steering adjustments to help keep a car centered between highway lane markers.

 Automatic Brake Hold. The Acura RLX luxury sedan includes a system that’s able to keep the brakes engaged for up to 10 minutes at a super-long stoplight or train crossing without the driver having to keep a foot on the pedal.

 HondaVAC. Developed in conjunction with the makers of the Shop- Vac, the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan offers a built-in vacuum cleaner that’s housed in the rear cargo area, complete with a replaceable fil- ter, canister bag, attachments and an integrated hose that’s said to reach into every corner of the cabin.

 Hidden Door Handles. For the sake of “design purity,” the new Jaguar F-Type sports car features door handles that remain flush with the bodywork and deploy when touched or the car is unlocked via the key fob. Once the car is driven off, the handles retract back into the doors to leave a sleek aerodynamic surface.

 Hot Stone Massage. The redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class coddles its occupants with available automated heated and cooled front seats that pack 14 adjustable air bladders for customized back support and to simulate a shiatsu hot stone massage (a technique in which the spine is covered with hot stones). As if that’s not decadent enough, the car also offers heated armrests on the doors and center consoles and a fragrance dispenser that sends a choice of ambient scents throughout the passenger compartment.

 Hydrophobic Windows. No, they’re not afraid of moisture, as the name might imply, but rather the specially treated side windows of the new Kia Cadenza full-size sedan shed water like a duck to help preserve outward visibility in a downpour.

 i-ELOOP. Offered on the Mazda6 midsize sedan, this feature (borrowed from hybrid-powered cars) recovers kinetic energy that might otherwise be lost during braking and stores it to power the vehicle’s electrical components (including headlights, climate control and audio system) to help save fuel.

Dec 19, 2013
Karen Minster

Relax – The Premier Massage and Relaxation Studio

Glasgow, UK — (SBWIRE) — 12/19/2013 — Relax is a zealous and devoted studio involved in offering an array of soothing and calming massages by applying the best techniques in an alluring set up. Relax is not just a relaxation/leisure massage studio, but also impart massage services that can benefit to improve many health issues, for example, joint pains, frequent head aches, and other types of internal injuries. If one needs to just take a break after a long working week or if one is looking out for a long-term remedial pain relief, Relax is the right place to go to. The team consists of highly professional and skilled therapists that strive to always satisfy their clients, so much that the clients want more of it and keep returning back to the studio.

The three very unique massages offered by Relax studio includes:-

Four Hands massage- It consists of two therapists working simultaneously, delivering a choreographed massage. It is highly indulging.

Lomi Lomi massage- It is not just for relaxing the body and the strained muscles, but also for the relaxation of the senses to heal the spirits.

Relax and Therapy massage- It uses a holistic approach that involves calming and relaxing, and more importantly it helps to relieve the pain and eliminate tension in soft tissues.

The other types of massages consists of Swedish massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage, Hot Stone massage, Chinese Cupping massage, Natural Lift Facial massage and many more. The across-the-board list of massages states that Relax has a massage type for every soul. At Relax, the therapists will also give their client the right advice to pick the best type from the lot.

The three main therapists at Relax are experts and carry educational qualifications including Master of Science in Physiotherapy, Diploma in Swedish Massage and various other certificates. Their qualifications are accompanied with practical experience and hence, clients can be assured that they are in safe hands.

“Have had 3 wonderful massages over the last few weeks. The staff are all excellent and I would highly recommend them all.” Says Chris (a contended Relax’s client).

About Relax
Relax is a massage studio that is committed to provide every client with a calming experience along with therapeutic pain relief. With the holiday season in full swing, the Relax Christmas Gift Voucher is a great way to gift one’s friends and families with unique massages.

Name: Relax for the Body and Soul
Address: 76 Cumming Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow G5 0JU, United Kingdom
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Phone Number: 01413284119

Sep 29, 2013
Karen Minster

Vero Cosmetics Merge the Day Spa with Surgery to Combine Wellness, Health …

Vero Beach, FL — (SBWIRE) — 09/26/2013 — There is now a blurred line between procedures for health and well-being and cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate beauty and youthfulness. The gap between the facial and the face lift is becoming increasingly narrow. As surgical procedures have become safer and more advanced, more people feel comfortable undergoing them, though many do so unprepared for the healing time required for the surgeries to be fully effective. Vero Cosmetic Surgery and MediSpa operate a combined health spa and cosmetic surgery that offers cosmetic procedures supplemented by non-invasive, non-surgical procedures for the health, vitality and healing of the entire body, under the supervision of resident expert Dr. William H. Frazier.

The day spa portion of the practice specializes in facials and massages, including Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, as well as physiotherapy massage for athletes, rehabilitative massage for injuries, massage for pain and stress relief and general relaxation. Their facials include European Facial, Deep Cleansing Facial, Microdermabrasion, Permanent Laser Hair Removal, Permanent Make-up, Mineral Make-up and more.

All these treatments perfectly complement the spa’s Vero Cosmetic Surgery portion of the practice, run by expert surgeon William H. Frazier. The cosmetic surgery is fully accredited and offers a wide variety of rejuvenating procedures, from facelifts and nose jobs to cheekbone implants and the epidermal surgeries. Dr. Frazier trained at Yale and has over 25 years of experience in the field.

A spokesperson for Vero Cosmetics explained, “Dr. Frazier combined his cosmetic surgery practice with the day spa experience because the staff can help to promote the body’s incredible ability to heal and as a result, they have unparalleled patient care from beginning to end, whether users are coming in for a chemical peel, liposuction or reconstructive cosmetic surgery. The truth is that well being makes everyone more beautiful, and guarantees the very best results from such an experienced surgeon’s work.”

About Vero Cosmetics
Dr William H. Frazier, FACS is Yale trained, experienced and trusted for over 25 years experience in Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face, body and hands. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and numerous other professional societies. For more information, please visit:

Sep 26, 2013
Karen Minster

Lava Shell Massage

As we all know that massage therapy is an art which stimulates our senses, makes our muscles relax and helps our body to get calm and heal it. For this purpose new massage therapy which is known as “Lava shell massage” is using. This is very comforting and unique full body massage. In this massage naturally smooth and highly polished shell which comes from south pacific are to be used by professional therapist.

These sea shells are made up of calcium carbonates which give calcium ions after heating, directly to our skin during the massage process. These shells are traditional part of the diet of Philippines and were used to be thrown away but now these shells are being recycled into this massage tool. Thanks to creative mind people who invent this massage!

In this massage your body is smeared and exfoliated with massage oil to remove your dead skin cells to reveal a younger softer skin. The therapist massages your body with lava shells. These lava shells have a rubber plug in the bottom. The therapist put packet of minerals and algae into the shell, add some sea water into shell and again plug it up.

The heat comes from inside the lava shells because of a mixture of minerals and algae with salt water and essential oils. This therapy uses genuine natural materials and eco friendly with no need of electricity as when they are combined inside the shell, it creates a chemical reaction that causes heat for one or two hours. While using light Swedish massage, the therapist holds the shell in the palm of his/her hands.

1. Difference between Lava Shell Massage Hot Stone Massage:

Lava Shell Massage is more popular than hot stone massage as it accelerates the skin regeneration process and helps to improve appearance and texture of the skin. Lava shells are non porous, they don’t absorb massage oil or bacteria which means shells are more hygienic.

Many Spas are offering Lava stone massage instead of hot stone massage because of its easy preparation and clean-up process. Another difference is, lava shells held their heat longer than stones, so their will be no interruption of switching stones as often in lava shell massage therapy.

Moreover, lava shells are smaller than the  stones used for hot stone massage, so it is not difficult to handle them  and they can be use to get into areas where stones usually cannot. As well as, with the use of the edges of the shell, you can also massage your face, feet and hands and the lava shells cool the more they are used during massage. You will feel refreshing and much more productive after this therapy.

2. Good for Muscles Pain:

This massage improves the blood circulation and relieves tired muscles. The whole process takes 45 to 60 minutes. Lava stone massage is absolutely pain free, very effective and provides completely fresh and relax feeling. Lava shell massage is very good all around winter treatment.

Hot lava shell massage provides relief from deep aches and pains including backache, neck pain, shoulder pain, mental stress and depressions. These smooth shells are expertly glided over different parts of body with different pressures, techniques and precision by the massage therapist as per your body requirement.

3. Best for Tummy Treatment:

Lava shell massage is very powerful treatment for tummy as it is a natural version of the colonic cleanse. When therapist massages the belly area with soothing massage strokes, digestive system gets improved and regulated.

The great combination of heat and gentle massage improves body’s natural system to remove toxins and reduce bloating. Another benefit for tummy massage is; it gives you comfortable feeling and flatter tummy for day.

All and all if you really wants to do something unique, something exotic and feel amazing than go to nearby Spa and just have and experience the beauty of  Lava Shell Massage.

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Sep 13, 2013
Karen Minster

Hot Stone Massage

Now the question is, what hot stone massage is and how it works. “Hot stone massage”. Which is also known as “lava stone massage”, “warm stone massage”  or  “river rock massage”  is a natural therapy in which stones which gets warm at certain temperature and placed on client’s body to make his/her muscles relax.

The stones uses in this massages are not normal stones, these are typical river rocks or other stones which should be very smooth and made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water at 120 to 150 degree. The stone use in this massage is a black volcanic rock which is having ability to absorb and retain heat well for long time.

Before starting hot stone massage, the therapist makes your body warm with common Swedish massage. Then therapist placed heated stones on specific points in the palms, n your belly, between your toes and on your spine to improve the flow of energy in your body.

For massage many stones of different sizes and shapes are used by the therapist, small ones for smaller muscles and big ones for bigger muscles and once the stones gets cool, therapist replace them with new heated stones to continue the process of massage. During the massage, therapist always ask you about the warmness and pressure of stones on your body as overall your relaxation and felling of your body is important.

After massaging your body with oil, at the end massage therapist again place heated stones to give your muscles more relaxation. The whole massage process takes 60 to 90 minutes. Hot stone massage is more expensive than other regular massage and requires certified massage therapist who should be fully trained  because of its technicalities and sensitivity.

1-Physical Effect:

Hot stone massage provides greater relief because of its intense nature of the massage as hot stone massage allow the massager to penetrate deeply. It helps to relief pain caused by tense muscles, injuries or stiffness of joints. Hot stone massage give you better feeling as compare to typical Swedish massage due to its natural warmness.

The heated stones may provide the extra relaxation if your muscles are extremely tight or stiffed. It helps to release tension, eases osteoarthritis and arthritis pain, easing sore muscles. But be careful, therapist must be properly trained and aware of sensitivity of this hot stone massage because extra heat or extra pressure of stones may harm your body after whole process.

2-Mental Effect:

Hot stone massage is also beneficial mentally and essential to good health as the warmness and pressure of stones helps to improve body circulation which calms our nervous system. These river rocks are like comforting tools who remove mental stress and anxiety.

It is effective in treatment of insomnia and helps alleviate depression. The experience of this hot stone massage is very relaxing that many people indulge in simply because they feel so nice.

3- Not Recommended to Everyone:

You must consult your family doctor before going to Spa for any massage especially hot stone massage as every massage is not for everyone due to their qualities and after effects. Hot stone massage is not recommended or should be refused for the people who are having any rash, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, skin disease, a hernia or area having fractures.

Who are prone to blood clots because there is serious risk of blood clots being dislodges and can cause heart attack or stroke. Not suitable for people who recently undergone through any surgery, chemotherapy and any radiation treatment .Hot stone massage is not recommended for woman who is pregnant.

The reason behind all these precautions is that this therapy technique release toxins stored in our muscles back into our system where they can be flushed away. Another precaution you should take is; don’t take heavy meal before hot stone massage as it will disturb you to relax completely.

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Aug 8, 2013
Karen Minster

Shipboard spas are big business

It will probably not come as a surprise to cruise passengers that Steiner Leisure, a global spa company, beat Wall Street expectations last week reporting second quarter revenue of $207.7 million, or nearly 5.2% more than the previous year’s Q2.

Spas have become big business on cruise ships. Steiner, which also operates a bevvy of land-based operation and makes beauty products (which are heavily pitched to cruise passengers), is the Big Kahuna in this regard.

According to its new report, the company operated spas on 154 ships in Q2, including fleets of all the biggies – Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian and Princess. Steiner employs some 2,681 people on ships. Most are paid on a commission basis and by tips (recommended is 15%).

Cruisers wanting a basic 50-minute Swedish massage can expect a price tag of $119 and up. Romantics pay hundreds of dollars for couples massages. There are charges for exercise classes and outrageous charges for pedicures – starting at about $60.

After your treatment you can expect a sales pitch for products – again, big business.

Okay, I’m kvetching. Now let me add that some of my most relaxing experiences anywhere have been in shipboard spas. When you are on vacation and actually have time to visit a spa, it can be a wonderful thing.

On a Disney ship, I booked a massage in a villa and after getting rubbed to near unconscious bliss I was left alone to luxuriate in a bubble bath while looking at the sea. Heavenly.

On other ships, I’ve tried Steiner’s hot stone massage and the herbal poultice (where you are massaged with a warm, herb-filled sack), finding the combination of pressure and heat very soothing.

I love lounging in the hydrotherapy pools on ships that have them – despite having to pay a fee.

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Recently in the large and impressive spa on the new Royal Princess, my partner and I enjoyed side-by-side Swedish massages, with separate therapists working our joints. At the end of the session we woke from our bliss to realize the therapists had joined together our hands – a very sweet gesture.

As for the post-massage sales pitch (for some $500 in products), we just politely said no.

–Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.

Jul 29, 2013
Karen Minster

Beauty tips: The perfect way to treat yourself is to spend a day at a spa

Spa Treatments

There are treatments to refresh and relax every part of your body. Many treatments can be had simultaneously. You can get a facial treatment while having a manicure, or get a pedicure while having a deep conditioning treatment for your hair.

One of the most popular treatments at a spa is a facial. There are facials for every skin type – from dry skin to oily skin or even combination skin. Many spas offer special facials just for teenage skin. A facial treatment involves cleansing of the face and the removal of blackheads and pimples. Then a facial masque is applied to your face and most of your neck. It is left on for twenty to thirty minutes and then rinsed off with warm water. A facial treatment lasts typically for an hour an a half and costs $60 – $95.

Beauty tips: The perfect way to treat yourself is to spend a day at a spa

Another popular treatment at a spa is massage. Massage can relax you and it can re-energize you. There are many different types of massage. Swedish massage is the most popular and involves long, rhythmic strokes. This massage is excellent for releasing tension. A Swedish massage costs $60.

Many spas now offer hot stone massage. During a hot stone massage the heated stones are pressed against the client’s oiled body in a massaging motion. The hot stones increase circulation in the body and also reduce muscle soreness. Many hot stone experts say this type of massage helps to release toxins from the body quickly. A hot stone massage costs $80.

A lot of spas also offer ayurvedic massage. This massage uses sesame oil with essential oils that are specifically blended for your body typed (called Dosha in ayurvedic healing). The scented oils are poured down your spine and then you are massaged from your toes to your head. This massage is thorough and gentle. It ends with a stream of the warm oil poured over your forehead, which puts you into a deep state of relaxation. This massage usually costs $80.

Another popular type of massage is lymphatic drainage massage. This is a light touch massage that is very soothing. It is designed to eliminate toxins in the blood stream. This massage usually costs $70.

Many athletes and “weekend warriors” like to get sports massages. A sports massage releases fatigue, promotes flexibility, reduces muscle soreness and reduces swelling. This massage if often done with a deeper pressure than the other massages and at a faster pace, but still for the same amount of time. A sports massage costs $70.

Most massage treatments at spas last for an hour. But many spas offer extended hour treatments that last for ninety minutes. The price of the massage would then be one half more of the one hour price. This is a great way to sink into a deep relaxing state.

Many people that go to spas like to have mud wraps. Spa mud is well known for its health properties – it contains minerals and often reduces the appearance of wrinkles. After having a mud wrap you feel very relaxed and refreshed and you look much more vibrant and alive.

A mud wrap treatment typically involves sitting in a mud wrap for twenty minutes and then taking a hot mineral shower. You then spend some time in a steam room. You are then wrapped in a warm mud wrap. Thirty minutes later you take a hot mineral shower to remove the dried mud, and then have a cup of herbal tea or a glass of spring water. A mud wrap treatment usually takes about an hour and a half and costs $90.

An herbal body wrap is very relaxing. This treatment takes less time and is just as relaxing as a mud wrap. You begin with twenty minutes in a mud bath followed by a hot mineral shower. Then you spend time in a steam room. You are then wrapped in a cool and refreshing herbal body wrap. Many herbs reduce tension and relax you. This treatment lasts for an hour and cots $70.

If you want soft and silky hair, consider a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. A deep conditioning treatment begins with the shampooing of your hair. Then you are treated to a luxurious scalp and neck massage. Warm conditioning oils with botanicals are applied to your hair. Your hair is wrapped in a heated towel and you are placed under a heated hair dryer. The oils are left in your hair for an hour and then rinsed out with warm water. This treatment lasts for an hour and a half and costs $60.

It can be an indulgent experience to get your nails done at a spa. A spa manicure and pedicure are a very luxurious experience. A manicure begins with selecting your nail polish color. Most spas have more than twenty nail polish colors to choose from – you are certain to find the perfect color there. Your fingernails are then trimmed and buffed and then your hands and arms are massaged. Then your nails are polished. Your hands are put under spa nail dryers and you are given a neck and back massage while your nails dry. A spa manicure treatment usually takes an hour and costs $30.

If you are having your fingernails done you certainly can’t ignore your feet! A spa pedicure is a wonderful and very relaxing experience. You are shown to an individual footbath in a private room. Essential oils and bath oils are added to your footbath. The footbath is turned on and massaging jets of water splash your feet and massage the bottoms of your feet. After your feet have soaked, they are dried off with big fluffy towels and you are given your own spa flip flops to wear. You will wear these while they do your pedicure. Your toenails are then trimmed and buffed. Your legs are massaged and so are your feet. Then your toenail polish is applied. Once your toe polish is applied, you are shown to the spa pedicure dryers and your back and neck are massaged. A spa pedicure usually takes an hour and a half and costs $40.

There are so many indulgent luxuries waiting for you at the spa. You can spend the entire day there, or just go for one or two treatments. So be good to yourself and investigate having a spa treatment today!

Jul 21, 2013
Linda Hutton

This massage rocks

I’VE had a few massages, especially since putting my back out three years ago.

There’s a whole range, from Swedish to Shiatsu and aromatherapy to hydro.

  1. STONE ME! Therapist Rachel Raymond-White, pictured right, administers a hot stone massage at  The Strand in Southway

    STONE ME! Therapist Rachel Raymond-White, pictured right, administers a hot stone massage at The Strand in Southway

But I had never tried a hot stone massage and so didn’t know quite what to expect from my hour long session at The Strand in Southway.

The Strand is based in a small shopping centre and has become an important part of the community since setting up two years ago.

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Kids Summer Holidays are here!!!
Don’t worry we have taken care of it, Kids under 10 eat for free!!
when adults eat off our A la carte menu.

1 child per 1 full paying adult.
Not in conjunction with any other offer.

Contact: 01752 421903

Valid until: Monday, September 30 2013

The team are friendly and welcoming; there’s bustle and chatter in the shop and the customers obviously enjoy having their hair done by the experienced team.

Rachel Raymond-White is my therapist and has been in the beauty business for 12 years.

She told me she particularly likes giving people massage, though she is trained in everything from sports massage to microdermabrasion and lots in between (all on offer at the salon).

The room is clean and warm, bathed in candlelight with gentle piano music playing.

It’s all part of the mood setting and straightaway I start to feel the frenzy of the working day begin to melt away.

The massage is a surprise – rather than lying there with hot stones plonked on my back, Rachel uses the warm stones as a massage aid.

She rubs the stones in circular motions using scented oils to smooth the way.

The warmth penetrates deep into muscles and I could feel the knots in my shoulders loosen almost immediately.

After an hour of attention, Rachel brought me a glass of water and the session was over all too soon.

But there was no rush or hurry to move on and Rachel urged me to take my time and find my feet.

At The Strand the smooth stones and expert hands of Rachel have left me positively blissed out and ready for anything.

Jul 19, 2013
Tom Heaten

A Heavenly Touch Spa – abc27 WHTM

A Heavenly Touch was founded with one goal in mind; to help our clients look and feel beautiful in a relaxing calming atmosphere. What ever your individual need may be, we offer a complete range of spa services to satisfy your need, including:

  • Electrolysis-Permanent Hair Removal
  • Complete Hair Treatments and Services
  • Body Spa  Treatments
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Waxing
  • Holiday Packages
  • Biodroga Products
  • Reflexology    
  • Facial and Skin-Care
  • Natural Spa Manicures and Pedicures
  • Massage and Hot Stone Massage
  • LED Light-Skin Treatments
  • Airbrush Tanning
  • Make-Up Application
  • Gift Certificates
  • Ion Cleanse
  • Ear Candling

In addition, we offer several different types of massages, including swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, attitude adjustment, 4-hand relaxation, stress relieving cap massage, hot-stone massage, sports massage, aromatherapy massage, couples swedish, couples deep tisue, pregnancy massage, chair massage, reflexology, and bamboo massage.

    If you like the way your hair and nails shine after visiting A Heavenly Touch, don’t hesitate to ask your stylist or nail technician which products they use. All of the hair and beauty supplies used in our salon are available for sale in our mini-boutique.  

    We believe that our large selection of beauty services, coupled with our friendly and knowledgeable staff, is the key to our success. Come discover what our clients already know – A Heavenly Touch is the best Christian based day spa in the greater Harrisburg, PA area!

    A Heavenly Touch is looking to interview candidates for the following openings:

    • A talented stylist with clientele
    • On-call massage therapist

    Apply in person.

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