The Different Body Massage Types in Singapore
There are many different types of body massages and its variations in Singapore in terms of the techniques employed and to a lesser extent, the types of massage oil ingredients used. However, just knowing the most popular and common massages and its massage techniques used, will go a long way in helping you choose the right Singapore massage for your needs. But before we jump to the list of the 8 most popular types of massages in Singapore, let us mention some of the massages not in the list.
The Not-So-Common Singapore Massages
Inevitably, there will be many other traditional or specialized massages in Singapore that are not as popular or commonly offered as those listed in this article. However, it does not mean that these body massages are any lesser in terms of its therapeutic benefits or effectiveness. The notable traditional massages not listed include Indian Ayurvedic Massage, Balinese Massage, Lomi-Lomi Massage (from Hawaii), Philippines’ Hilot Massage and even Burmese Massage, with its ancient origins in Thai, Chinese and Indian medicine. Other uncommon specialty massages include Ashiatsu Massage, performed by using feet, and Aquatic Massage which is performed in a warm water pool.
Proprietary, Signature and Fusion Massages
And then there are other signature or fusion massages offered by some of the top spas in Singapore, using the best of both Asian and European massage techniques and massage oil ingredients, and even a chocolate-inspired massage. An example of an innovative fusion massage is a Four-Hands Massage, where two massage therapists work on the client at the same time, with highly-synchronized moves.
However, do be adventurous to explore these various massages when they are available on the massage menu. You will never know how good these massages can be, if you do not try.
The Many Benefits of A Good Professional Massage
In addition, any good article on body massages will not be complete with exploring its therapeutic and wellness benefits. Hence, let’s do a quick round-up of the some well-known massage remedial properties. In general, a good professional massage can be beneficial or even curative in many ways for the mind, body and soul, all at the same time. Physically, a massage with its healing touch, can soothe tired and knotted muscles, increase blood circulation and stimulate lymph flow.
Research has also shown that massages are particularly good in relieving stress-related problems such as anxiety and high blood pressure and at treating physical ailments such as back pain and arthritis. Best of all, a massage itself is a relaxing and yet uplifting experience for the mind and soul. Or simply put, it can help you bring back the balance, calmness and harmony into your life. (watch our video on The Many Benefits of a Massage)
Massage Prices May Vary
As for the massage prices, one type of massage may command a higher premium over another. This may be due to the complexity and uniqueness of the massage techniques involved or the massage oil ingredients used. Invariably, there may be also a significant price variance for the same type of massage of same duration. This will depend on the type of establishment providing the massage – whether it is a luxury hotel spa or just a massage centre.
Other key factors include location, ambiance, facilities, reputation and service standards, from the cheaper massage parlors or foot-reflexology centres to the top-tier luxury hotel or day spas. However, that does not mean a massage health centre cannot be just as posh as a 5-star luxury hotel spa. So, do check on the massage price menu if you do not want any surprises.
List of The 8 Most Popular Types of Massages in Singapore
Now, here is what you are waiting for – a list of the 8 most popular and common massages in Singapore that you should know of. So that you can choose the right massage for your needs and to suit your preference.
1. Aromatherapy Massage
An aromatherapy massage is one of the most uplifting massages you can ever indulge in Singapore. This is usually due to the softer and flowing massage techniques employed and the use of aromatherapy essential oils. Depending on the massage oils used, an aromatherapy massage can be highly customized according to your personal needs, whether to relax and sleep better, promote mental clarity or induce calmness. Remember, the massage oils you choose will influence your treatment: citrus and lemon essential oils tend to be refreshing and purifying; cypress and juniper are cleansing; and eucalyptus and peppermint are more invigorating. And different oils can be expertly blended by the therapists to create specific experiences which are most indulging and yet to achieve the desired effects.
Best massage for: reducing stress and anxiety, complete relaxation, relieving jet-lag, promote mental clarity and calmness, an uplifting experience
[Check out our award-winning Equilibrium Massages, which is a collection of 9 different aromatherapy massages with different blend of essential oils for some of the most uplifting massages in Singapore. ]
2. Deep-Tissue Massage
A deep-tissue massage is a massage that uses slower, firmer strokes and pressure than other massages to work deeper on the muscle tissues. Focusing on particular areas, it often employs finger pressure, while the massage strokes follow or go across the muscle fibres and tendons. It is most effective for loosening and unknotting tired, stressed muscles and improving blood circulation around your body.
Best massage for: unknotting and loosening muscles
3. Shiatsu Massage
A shiatsu massage is a traditional Japanese form of relaxation. The word Shiatsu in Japanese means “finger pressure”. Hence, a shiatsu massage is a Japanese massage that is characterized by the extensive use of the thumb or palms to stimulate pressure points along the meridians, or energy pathways of the body. This is in addition to the use of massage strokes like kneading or effleurage. The pressure used can vary according to the needs of the person and area of the body. It can be deep to ease physical tensions or light and soothing to relax the body.
Best massage for: relaxing the body, increasing blood flow and circulation, reducing stress and tension, inducing sense of calmness
4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage treatment. The massage employs soft, pulsing motions and long rhythmic strokes, working upwards from your feet in the direction of your lymph nodes. This is to boost the flow of lymph around your body, stimulate your immune system and flush out toxins. Hence, it is effective in helping your body fight infection or speed up healing and aid recovery from illness.
Best massage for: energising, relaxing, balancing, detoxifying the body
5. Hot and Cold Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where smooth, heated basalt stones are laid or rolled on strategic parts of your body. The heat emanating from the stones has a deeply relaxing and warming effect on the muscles for a more effective and rejuvenating treatment. The hot stones work to expand blood vessels and calm nerves. Certain massages also include the use of cold stones to constrict blood vessels and gently jolt the nervous system. The combined effects of relaxing warmth and refreshing coolness help to promote healing.
Best massage for: relaxing muscles, warming up on a cold day, energizing the body
6. Sports Massage
A sports massage can be tailored to the individual needs of an athlete or for someone who is physically active. A good sports massage will relax your muscles, help you fight fatigue, relieve any swelling around your joints and boost your circulation and immune system. At ESTHEVA, our sports massage is performed with a deep-tissue massage, using camphor massage cream mixed with our specially blended essential oils containing ylang ylang, lemon and eucalyptus. It is great for muscle aches and for those who are recovering from physical strain.
Best massage for: relaxing your muscles, relieving physical muscle strain
7. Swedish Massage
A Swedish massage is probably the best-known type of bodywork in Singapore and around the world to relax the body which is one of its primary goals. It is accomplished with the five main techniques of stroking or gliding, rubbing, kneading, pounding or tapping and vibration. The therapist will employ long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. The goal is to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and help you relax.
Best massage for: improving circulation, soothing your muscles, deep relaxation
8. Thai Massage
Thai massage is an ancient form of massage. Buddhist monks in Thailand developed the revered massage 2,500 years ago. It is one of the more invigorating massages, popular in spas not just in Singapore but also around the world. It combines rhythmic muscle stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to improve flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. The therapist usually performs the massage on a mat on the floor with the client in loose clothes. The therapists will use their hands, feet, elbow, forearms and knees and adjust the rhythm to suit the client. However, do not expect 60 minutes of relaxation for this massage.
Best massage for: releasing muscular tension, improving joint mobility
May Your Massage Experience In Singapore Be A Blissful One
The above are just 8 of the most popular and common massages in Singapore. The list may not include other popular signature massages or fusion massages offered by top spas in Singapore, many of which are a variation of above massages in terms of techniques and with its own blend of massage oils or ingredients. This include even chocolate or pure cacao ingredients which we use in our famous and award-winning Chocolatier Massage.
However, before deciding which massage to indulge in, it’s important that you know what you want from the massage. Equally important is that you must communicate your needs and preference to the therapist. And always ask if you have any questions as you explore, discover and indulge in your favourite massages.
May your massage experiences in Singapore always be blissful and rejuvenating.
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