I live for a spa day. A moment to relax, regroup and rejuvenate! Whether it’s a hard knock Swedish massage, a private health claimable shoulder assault or a blissful relaxation massage, if it has massage in the title, I’m so there.

My life motto is treat yo’ self – like a 5 year old’s star chart rewards system, I often reward myself with a day at the spa just because; you went to work today… a massage for you. You weren’t moody this morning… a massage for you! You get a massage, you get a massage, you get a…

Jokes aside, studies show that regular massage therapy can be important to your health, helping to alleviate migraines and headaches, reducing overall body pain, improving joint mobility and muscular tension and of course, it just feels so good – like I said, treat yo’ self!

Here’s a quick guide of popular massages and maybe you’ll find the right therapy for you!

Remedial – the treatment and rehabilitation of the signs, symptoms and causes of biomechanical dysfunction or injury, using specific mobilisation techniques, in order to restore normal health and function.

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Swedish – the most popular forms of massage in Australia, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.

Aromatherapy – the ‘relaxation’ massage using essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties.

Reflexology – the Reflex points, which relate to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process.

Shiatsu – the ‘energy’ massage using oriental techniques that aim to improve energy flow by working certain points on the body (works similar to acupuncture).

Hot Stone – the ‘relaxation’ massage with hot stones helping to relieve tension and pain. The heat generated by the massage stones is not only relaxing but also helps to reduce muscular tension and break up nasty knots.

At the end of the day, it’s important to pick the right massage therapy for you. Different techniques assist with different needs. Whether you just want that unconditional love from a hot stone or your back is out and in need of some tough love, always ensure you do your research before undergoing any massage therapy. Now, go! Book that spa day with the girls!

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