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Dear How To Spa readers,

Have you ever wondered what range of massages you could be offered in many wellbeing institutes?
How To Spa tutorials offer you guidance and recommendations to help you relax wherever you are, through self-massages inspired by the best massage techniques offered in spas.
Would you like to learn more about these various techniques?
If the answer is yes, then read on.

The most popular massages are the light relaxing massage and the deep tissue, but there are so many other techniques out there, from all around the world and tailored to various needs.
Whether you suffer from a specific pain (back, shoulder etc.), muscle tensions, high stress levels or simply want to unwind, indulge yourself in one of these. From Japan to Sweden, through India and Mali, embark on a soothing journey of the senses.



Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese. This ancient traditional massage from Japan will help you find peace and relief and bring you energy and good health.

The shiatsu technique uses finger pressures applied to acupuncture meridians. It focuses on various areas of the body, freeing each of them from any tension or stiffness which helps you find vitality and health again.
For a Shiatsu massage you will often lie down on a futon and be encouraged to wear comfortable cotton clothes (like pyjamas for example). For an effective shiatsu massage, How To Spa highly recommends you turn to a shiatsu expert, preferably with several years of experience as shiatsu is like a martial art; real experts are true masters.


Lomi Lomi

In Hawaiian tradition, the body’s energy called ‘Mana’ is believed to be flowing freely through the body. The Lomi Lomi massage was designed to rebalance this flow.

It is both calming and invigorating, just like the Hawaiian waves.
This massage experience will take your senses to some far-away exotic island.
The technique uses deep movements, mostly hand moves but arms and forearms are often used too.
For a Lomi Lomi massage, massage oil is used for a smoother touch and you’ll lie down on a massage table.



This massage was originally designed in Thailand, based on a therapeutic technique that’s thousands of years old!

This ancient technique was designed to stimulate the blood circulation, boost energy levels and improve flexibility. It covers such a wide range of benefits that the movements used are themselves very varied; thumbs are used as well as knees, elbows and feet!
Pressure points are triggered along the energy lines using different levels of pressure, depending on the area treated and the person’s needs.
The last phase of the massage is usually a stretching session, ideal for those who suffer from muscle stiffness.
For a Thai massage you will often lie down on a futon and be encouraged to wear comfortable cotton clothes (like pyjamas for example).



The Korean massage is one of the most relaxing ones! It actually has roots in Chinese massage tradition and was designed to bring deep global relaxation, tackling every muscle’s tensions. In many cases it was also found to help with insomnia.

The key to the Korean massage marvels is its specific vibration technique used around key areas such as joints, from head to toe.
Some stretching moves are also used to fully relax the body.
For a Korean massage you will also often lie down on a futon and be encouraged to wear comfortable cotton clothes (like pyjamas for example).


Chi Nei Tsang

The Chi Nei Tsang massage is based on some of the oldest Chinese massage traditions, passed down through generations.

This massage focuses on the abdominal area, taking care of the internal organs. In Chinese medicine, the gut is often referred to as ‘the second brain’. The Chi Nei Tsang massage aims at getting rid of any negative energy that builds up in this ‘second brain’ area as well as bringing harmony back to emotions.
Toxins are drained and eliminated while negative emotions are soothed and peace and harmony brought back to both body and mind, thanks to specific rocking movements used around each key area (abdomen, diaphragm, torso, sides, lumbar region and kidneys area).
For a Chi Nei Tsang massage you will lie down on a massage table and the therapist will use massage oils for a smooth feel.



Although still little known (particularly in Eastern cultures), Digui massage is a traditional technique over ten thousand years old! Its roots date back to ancient Mali and Côte d’Ivoire wellbeing traditions.

It was traditionally given to new-borns, about a week after birth to awaken their body systems.
Digui massage is very relaxing and is particularly suited to those who suffer from sore muscles or need relief from nervous tension and is generally very efficient for stress relief.
The long vibrating movements used are designed to stretch the body while wrapping it for a comforting feel.
For a Digui massage, therapists often use shea butter and you lie down on a massage table.


Ayurveda massage

This Indian massage is inspired by Ayurveda, or ‘science of life’ (or science of longevity) and is one of the oldest known techniques.

Ayurveda massage aims at getting the body rid of toxins that build up through life events and everyday pressure on both body and mind.
The technique is based on firm circular strokes, acupuncture points pressures, friction movements and also stretching moves.
The slow flowing rhythm of this massage and the effective movements used will make you feel relaxed and in balance.
Massage oil and a massage table are the basics of an Ayurveda massage.


Swedish massage

The Swedish massage, created by Swedish Per Henrick Ling, is widely renown.

It is perfect for treating sore muscles, tensions and stress.
This deep and firm massage uses several movements focusing on muscles, joints, nervous system and blood circulation.
A genuine Swedish massage will have, long term, similar effects on your body than gymnastics.
Like most massages, massage oil is used and you will lie down on a massage table to enjoy a Swedish massage.


Do you feel inspired and wish to try any of these?
Head to you closest wellbeing centre or spa for more info and treat yourself to something from their ‘menu’!


Beautiful relaxation to all!

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