Today, Ayurveda has gained immense popularity because of its holistic approach. Ayurveda not just offers massages, but it also helps treat several ailments and diseases. It is a branch of medicine, which was invented thousands of years ago by the Indian Gurus. Apart from Ayurveda, there are varieties of massages available to choose from. Let us understand how the most well-known massages work and their benefits and how Ayurvedic massage is different.
- Thai massage
We have all probably heard about Thai massage at one point or another. So, what is Thai massage? Thai massage is also known as ‘Thai Yoga massage’ because unlike other massages, it does not make use of any oils or pastes. In this massage, you will be stretched and pulled to help remove the stress and tension from your body.
The massage therapist will help you do various yoga-like poses. If required, the therapist may also use acupuncture and compression techniques. This treatment is also known as ‘lazy-man’s yoga’. The benefits of Thai massage include; relieving stress and preventing stress-related disorders, boosting energy, improving flexibility, getting rid of headaches and back pain, calming the nervous system, and improving blood circulation.
- Swedish Massage
If you are a massage junkie, then you are probably familiar with this massage. Swedish massage is the most common massage in the west. This massage is the combination of both light and strong kneading. This completely depends on the therapist and her style. In this massage, your therapist will use the oil to slather your body with and will start with mild strokes to remove the tight knots of stress by warming up the muscle tissues. This massage mainly helps you relax and calm your nerves. The benefits of this massage include; improvement in the flow of oxygen to the blood, flushing out muscle toxins, increasing the flexibility in the body, decrease in the levels of stress hormones, etc.
- Balinese Massage
Balinese massage is another popular massage, which was invented in Bali. It is a full-body, deep tissue massage. It uses several techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system in the body and enhance the blood circulation. These techniques include; skin rolling, acupressure, kneading, using essential oils, percussion, etc. Aromatherapy is one of the main elements of a Balinese massage. The benefits of this massage include; relaxation, a boost of energy, blissful feeling, etc. It is also an excellent remedy for sports-related injury.
- Ayurvedic Massage
Ayurvedic massages are performed using herb-infused oils. It is usually a part of the Ayurvedic therapy or a treatment. During the massage, the recipient experiences a state of complete relaxation which continues even after the massage is over. It helps remove all the stress and tension and maintains a right balance between the body, mind, and soul. It is said that during the massage session, a slight transfer of electromagnetic energy takes place between the Ayurvedic practitioner and the recipient. Therefore, it is always important to choose a therapist you can trust, to actually benefit from the massage. In Ayurvedic massages, the practitioner may also end the massage with body scrubs to exfoliate the skin. This is followed by a steam bath and then a warm-water bath. The benefits of Ayurvedic massage include; glowing skin, lustrous hair, relief from migraines, headaches, back pains, insomnia, improvement in blood circulation, flushing out the stress, etc.