We have covered just a few of the basic types of massage above. They are more than enough to provide a fully therapeutic treatment but there are so many more styles to choose from:
Aromatherapy – the use of essential oils extracted from plants that add a deeply therapeutic effect. The effect can be very powerful, essential oils are not to be used without trained knowledge of their medicinal properties.
Hot Stone massage – The use of smooth hot stones as part of the massage, can help to release knotted areas of tension and feels wonderful.
Shiatsu – Japanese based massage that addresses acupuncture points, meridians and stretches.
Thai Massage – mix of massage, assisted yoga stretches and compression, can be quite intense, a skilled therapist is important.
Reflexology – A foot based massage that works on the principle of the whole body being represented in the pressure points of the feet.
Pregnancy/Prenatal Massage – can ease pain and anxiety, lead to an easier and shorter labour. All the general benefits of massage and the profound sense of well being are transferred to the unborn child. This leads to a more harmonious experience over all for both mother and baby.