A Complete Guide to Spa Massages: Which Will Benefit You The Most?

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Visiting the spa and enjoying a massage can be very healing for your body. But if you have never received a massage or have limited knowledge about what a spa offers, then the idea of going may be overwhelming.

There are so many types of spa massages and they all have special qualities and healing approaches for your body. Below is a complete guide of the different types of spa massages available to help you determine which one will benefit you the most. 

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massages are a bit different than your usual spa massage because they are often sought at the recommendation of a physician, physical therapist, chiropractor, or another medical professional. 

Muscles, tendons, and ligaments all move and help support your body. To heal discomfort and pain in these areas, whether chronic or acute, a therapeutic massage may be beneficial. The light-to-firm touch can ease the pain within the soft tissues and promote healing. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: Someone who has suffered pain or illness and has been receiving treatment from a medical professional. This massage could help to ease physical pain and stress. 

Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage is one that is light to touch and gentle. It can help relieve muscle knots and promote full relaxation. Deep circular motions, tapping, vibration, kneading, and long strokes are all used by the masseuse. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: Those who are new to spa massages or are sensitive to the touch will find this spa massage enjoyable. 

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue spa massages are similar to Swedish massages but use more pressure. Although it is usually a more intense massage, it should not hurt or leave you feeling sore. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: This is a great massage for someone who has chronic muscle soreness or tight muscles. Those with heavy stress and/or anxiety will find this deep tissue massage relieving. 

Sports Massage

A sports massage is the perfect option for a spa massage that focuses on a specific area or muscle. These may be muscles that you use repeatedly in competition or have injured by playing sports. A combination of deep pressure and soft strokes is often used. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: Athletes or fitness fanatics who have injured muscles or repetitively use the same muscles will benefit from a sports massage. Though some athletes believe that getting these massages leads to increased flexibility and greater performance. 

Hot Stone Massage

Another massage that is similar to the Swedish massage is the hot stone massage. It uses gentle touches to ease muscle pain and tightness — allowing you to simply relax. And it is a great option to improve blood flow. How it differs from the Swedish massage is that this one uses hot stones. 

During the massage, stones are heated and placed on various points along the body. Sometimes the masseuse will hold onto the stones while performing gentle massage techniques. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: Anyone who is looking for relief of stress and tension on the body or is sensitive to the touch may benefit from a hot stone massage. 

Prenatal Massage

Like the name suggests, a prenatal massage is one that is used for expecting mothers. It is a safe and effective way to get a message without causing disruption to the baby. Pregnancy brings a lot of aches, pains, and tensions. Prenatal spa massages release them. 

Using light pressure, the most common areas of focus are the legs, hips, and lower back. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: Pregnant mothers who are looking for some natural pain relief and relaxation. 

Stretch and Restore Massage

A stretch and restore massage is one that helps your body naturally feel better. Using a series of stretches and motions targeting the major muscle groups, this spa massage helps the body release tension and feel restored and well. 

Who Will Benefit the Most: Those who are still and tense, looking for a way to unwind and feel refreshed, will likely benefit from the stretch and restore massage. 

L+A Healing Studio Provides These Luxe Spa Services

If you are looking to feel an overall sense of wellbeing and want to indulge in self-care, then it is time for a spa massage. At L+A Healing Studio, we want you to live life feeling amazing – and we can help you do that with a visit to our spa. Let us help you determine the best message for you. 

Contact us at (312) 753-3249 to book your spa massage appointment. Or reach out to us online

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