Body Massages are the practice of rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the hands. During a massage, a massage therapist will apply pressure gently or strongly to the muscles or joints of the body to ease pain and tension.

There are different types of massages that focus on different body parts. In this blog, we will look at the different types and ultimately know which is the best for you.

1. THAI MASSAGES

Thai Massage is a traditional therapy combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic beliefs, and supported yoga poses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is best for people who want a more active form of massage and want to relieve any form of pain and stress. Thai Massage helps to improve flexibility and circulation levels. 

 

Thai massage works the entire body using movements similar to yogic stretching. Your therapist will use their palms and fingers to apply firm pressure to your body. You’ll also be stretched and twisted into various positions. You can wear loose, comfortable clothing during the massage.

 

Thai massage lasts for 60–90 minutes. Our soul 2 sole massage studio is an outstanding option for you to consider getting a relaxing Thai massage.

 

2. HOT STONE MASSAGE

Hot Stone Massage is a type of massage therapy that is used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.

 

It includes the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. The direct heat on the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to deeper muscle layers.

 

The process is designed to loosen tight muscles, improve circulation by relaxing the blood vessels and easing the mind. The rocks also help with deep tissue massage, as the addition can help transmit force from the therapist’s hands to your body.  

 

An outstanding benefit of hot stone massage is that it helps to restore your range of motion. This makes it beneficial for people with joint disorders.

If your curiosity surrounding hot stone massages has been piqued, schedule your appointment with Soul 2 Sole now. We are an Edmonton-based studio that can help you feel better in more ways than one. This treatment normally takes 90 minutes.

 

3. DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep tissue massage is to apply firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue surrounding muscles. It is beneficial to chronic aches and pain,  contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

 

 

It is effective in treating repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome and can help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. If you’ve got any significant muscle issues, book a deep tissue massage with our Edmonton studio today!

 

4. REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology focuses on pressure points in your feet, hands, and ears. This is a good option if you aren’t comfortable being touched on your entire body because you can have it when fully clothed.

 

 

 It also stimulates endorphins – your body’s natural pleasure response. Releasing your endorphins helps you to reduce stress and discomfort and to restore your natural balance. It lasts for 30- 60  minutes. Book your reflexology appointment today at Soul2Sole. 

 

5. PRENATAL MASSAGES

 Prenatal Massage Is specifically tailored for expectant mothers to help reduce discomfort associated with pregnancy [lower back, hips, and neck pain] and support the healthy development of the fetus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its benefits include Increased levels of endorphins ( nature’s pain reliever) and serotonin thereby promoting a sense of well-being for mother and baby. The massage also aids in the alleviation of stress on weight-bearing joints and increases blood circulation

 

 

Make the right decision for your health and wellbeing and book a prenatal massage with Soul2Sole today! It lasts for 45 to 90 minutes.

 

6. SPORTS MASSAGE

 

In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than in a typical massage. 

 

The therapist has a broader, more specified medical knowledge and application. It is designed to treat injuries, improve flexibility, manage pain and anxiety, , and enhance athletic performance

 

The sports massage is not only exclusive to athletes and players but also to fitness junkies and people looking to keep themselves healthy. The massage will last for 60-90 minutes. If you are looking for some much-needed tender loving care after a hard workout, book a sports massage in Edmonton with Soul2Sole today!

 

7. HEAD/SCALP MASSAGES

In addition to the sensory pleasure a head massage offers, it also eases symptoms of headache, reduces stress, and possibly boosts hair growth. It entails the use of fingertips and massage oil in some cases. Give yourself a treat by booking a head massage with Soul2Sole today.

 

 

8. MYOFASCIAL MASSAGES

Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that encourages healing by creating a negative pressure or suction on the skin using plastic or glass cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin. 

This massage treats migraines, soft tissue conditions, sports injuries especially ITB syndrome, and general back and neck pains. It also creates relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.  It takes 60 – 90 minutes.

9. AROMATHERAPY MASSAGES

Aromatherapy massages are best for people who want to have an emotional healing component to their massage. It combines soft and gentle pressure with the use of essential oils.

 

This type of massage helps to boost your mood, reduce symptoms of depression and reduce stress.

10. SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish Massage is the foundation of many other types of massage. The massage therapist will often perform soft, long, kneading strokes peppered with light.

 

It helps with rejuvenating sore muscles and providing a deeply calming experience.

 

   11. SHIATSU MASSAGES

This is a Japanese type of massage best for people who want to feel relaxed and relieve stress, pain, and tension. Shiatsu massage works the whole body, but your therapist may focus on areas of your body that need extra attention.

 

 During the massage, your therapist will use their hands, palms, and thumbs to massage certain points of your body. Pulsing or rhythmic pressure is used. You can be having clothes during this massage. Shiatsu massages typically last for 60–90 minutes.

 

Massage has beneficial effects on both the body and the mind. Those benefits are amplified when it is received regularly. Soul 2 Sole Studio is a massage studio in Edmonton offering various treatments like sports massages, hot stone massages, deep tissue massages, prenatal massages, and many more. Don’t let stress ruin your life; make yourself your top priority, and book a soothing massage with us today!