Full body massage – you will feel pampered and revived, from head to toe!
Mother’s Day is slowly approaching and you have no idea what to buy your Mom – chocolates? Bath salts? Slippers? Pajamas? Those are all well and good but basically the same thing you buy her every year. Why not try a different gift approach this Mother’s Day and spoil your Mom to a massage from head to toe? Not only will your gift be a little bit more unique but it will be a day of total relaxation and pampering for your Mom – and honestly, she definitely deserves it!
Common massage therapy techniques
A quality massage therapist will have an array of massage tools and techniques to assist you. These massage techniques can include the following:
- Swedish massage uses soothing, tapping and kneading strokes to work the entire body, relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints. Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes, which anyone can learn and use on themselves and others. They are effleurage (stroking); petrissage (muscles are lightly grabbed and lifted); friction (thumbs and fingertips work in deep circles into the thickest part of muscles); tapotement (chopping, beating, and tapping strokes); and vibration (fingers are pressed or flattened firmly on a muscle, then the area is shaken rapidly for a few seconds).
- Deep tissue massage targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the surface of your body. You have five layers of muscle in your back, for instance, and while Swedish massage may help the first couple of layers, it won’t do much directly for the muscle underneath. Deep muscle techniques usually involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that go across the grain of the muscles. Massage therapists will use their fingers, thumbs or occasionally even elbows to apply the needed pressure.
- Neuromuscular massage is a form of deep tissue massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is used to increase blood flow, reduce pain and release pressure on nerves caused by injuries to muscles and other soft tissue. Neuromuscular massage helps release trigger points, intense knots of tense muscle can also “refer” pain to other parts of the body. Relieving a tense trigger point in your back, for example, could help ease pain in your shoulder or reduce headaches.
Treat Mom to an Indian Head Massage
An Indian Head massage is the ideal way to get a person “out of their head” – far, far away from everyday emotional and mental stress.
The massage usually goes between 25 – 45 minutes, and may or may not use certain oils in the hair and on the body. Starting at the upper back, the Indian Head masseuse begins by applying pressure to points that dissolve knots and relax the muscles. They then move to the shoulders and upper arms to release other common areas of tension, and to the neck and head to release headache-causing blockages and to encourage better circulation of the cerebral fluid. The massage then progresses to the scalp, relaxing the entire head, encouraging circulation and stimulating hair growth. Lastly, the masseuse may choose to perform a gentle face massage that may relieve symptoms of sinusitis & headaches, and encourages good circulation and a glowing complexion.
Finding the right pampering massage for Mom is easy this Mother’s Day especially if you book a treatment through The Laser Beautique. Let the qualified beauty technicians at The Laser Beautique spoil your Mom with a head to toe massage. To find out more about the Mother’s Day specials from The Laser Beautique, visit their website www.thelaserbeautique.co.za