Massage for Beginners

I know lots of people like the idea of having a massage, but aren’t sure which type might be right for them.

With this in mind, I’ve put together a short introduction to each of the main types of massage available at my salon in Edinburgh.

• Hot stone massage

The hot stone massage is one people are a bit wary of, until they actually have it. Basalt stones are heated up and used to relieve any tension points – typically around the lower back, and shoulders. Essential oils are also used to ensure the stones glide over your skin and help you slide into a state of deep relaxation.

A hot stone massage can also help break down pockets of lactic acid that have built up in your muscles over a long period of time. This is done in a gentle and soothing way, so you feel calm and at ease during your treatment.

Hot lava shell massage

Transport yourself to an idyllic tropical hideaway with a luxurious hot lava shell massage. These highly polished stones are beautifully smooth and feel amazing on your skin. Hot lava shell treatments vary from the purely relaxing right through to those for specific areas such as the back, tummy and legs.

Hot lava shells deliver deep tissue massage that is effective and relaxing. They can also help unblock any tensed-up areas and improve the flow of energy in your body.

• Swedish massage

When your muscles and tired and aching due to stress, tension or even sport, a Swedish massage could help you feel human again. If you’re after a light, relaxing massage this isn’t for you. However, if you really want to get rid of knots and tension and their negative effects on your body, then look no further.

You can choose different durations for your Swedish massage ranging from 30 minutes up to an hour.

• Aromatherapy massage

An aromatherapy massage uses essential oils to deliver the effect you’re looking for. Perhaps you need an energising treatment after working too hard or maybe a purely relaxing massage to bring harmony to your mind and body.

A good massage therapist will match your aromatherapy treatment to your own specific needs in order for you to get the maximum benefit.

The aromatherapy massage involves less pressure than a Swedish massage and focuses more on relaxation.

• LUX candle massage

For something a little bit different, you may want to try the LUX candle massage. It’s as much a treat for your sense of smell as your body with beautiful aromas of coconut, almond and essential oils filling the air throughout.

The massage itself involves the application of warm candle wax to your skin using a firm yet invigorating pressure.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the massage treatments listed here, or book an appointment, please contact Cari on 0771 077 4704.

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