Massage Therapy in London



Massage Therapy in London

Is there anything more decadent, more indulgent, more luxurious than a massage? The tranquil silence, the flickering of candlelight, the intoxicating aroma of essential oils — coupled with the soothing touch of a skilled massage therapist. 

Universally beloved by all, it’s no surprise massages top the list for special occasion treats and thoughtful gifts. But massages shouldn’t just be reserved for one-off days of indulgence or birthdays. Massage is a holistic therapy that helps to heal and cure a range of aches, pains and illnesses — whether emotional, physical or spiritual. 

Massage therapy is a form of bodywork that uses a combination of pressure, rubs and strokes to stimulate your skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. There are over 250 different types of massage therapy out there, each with its unique philosophy, technique and style. Increasingly used as a form of complementary therapy, massage therapy is said to help to ease a range of emotional issues including anxiety and depression, as well as physical disorders including chronic headaches, muscular trauma, digestive disorders and circulatory problems. 

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Different Types of Massage Therapy

There are hundreds of forms of massage therapy, including  Chinese massage, Thai massage, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, Lomi Lomi massage and Indian head massage.  So, whether you're looking for a soothing weekend massage, a deep massage to unknot your body, or something a little wacky and unique, there's a massage therapy for you.  

If you’re overwhelmed by these endless options, here are three of the top forms of massage out there.

Soothing Swedish Massage 

Swedish massage also referred to as  “classic massage”, is one of the most popular kinds of massage. If you’ve ever had a massage on a beach, at a health club, or even attempted to perform one yourself, chances are it was a Swedish massage. 

Swedish massage is deeply soothing, calming, relaxing and restorative. With this kind of massage, you can expect all of the traditional massage techniques — stroking and gliding, vibration, kneading, and rubbing. It’s a great choice for anyone looking to relieve sore muscles, relax an over-worked mind — or simply in need of some indulgent downtime. 

Intense Deep Tissue Massage

Do you suffer from chronic muscular pain? Are you constantly battling creaking joints and restricted mobility? Then a deep tissue massage is for you. Profound and intense, a deep tissue massage does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a form of massage that uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deep into the layers of muscle and fascia. 

Designed to break up tough scar tissue, muscular knots, and adhesions, deep tissue massages use a range of strokes and techniques to get deeper into the connective tissues. A typical session will include cross-fibre work, friction, myofascial release and breathing techniques. 

Performance-Boosting Sports Massage 

No athlete or sports star’s fitness regimen would be complete without regular sports massages. Designed specifically for those of us who regularly engage in physical activity, a sports massage helps to improve training sessions, post-event recovery, rehabilitation and pre-event warm-up. 

Sports massage uses many traditional massage techniques to focus on stimulating the soft connective tissue that can become hard during physical exertion, repetitive stress and muscular trauma. Whether you’re training for an event, recovering from an injury or just looking to hit a new PB in the gym, a sports massage can help you to get the most out of your body! 

From shiatsu to deep tissue, Indian head to Swedish, explore our full range of massage therapists in London today.