At ikatan Spa we find most people don’t really understand or realise what type of massage is best for their needs. So they have no idea what massage to book but our reception staff are trained to ask the right questions which often surprises our guest that a massage is not just a massage.
There are hundreds of styles of massage and each has it’s unique way of helping a person with what they need from a massage. Some people need a massage for stress. Others have been physically active and need a firmer massage to release their muscle tension. While anxiety needs require a nurturing style of massage.
Massage is about the physical, mental and emotional
Massage works on three aspects of the body at the same time and each plays it’s part in helping the other two areas to totally relax. Massage Therapists work on the mental mind, the physical body, and the emotional soul. If your mind relaxes the body will follow and then the emotion is released or visa versa.
Most of the time Massage Therapists start with the physical body as hands work their magic, however while the body relaxes, the mind has permission to switch off and therapists often use aroma oils to help this happen and in turn the emotions are signalled that ‘all is calm with the mind and body’.
Other times a person may feel emotional and by calming emotions through a massage, working on a different level and style it can help relax the body and mind. Sounds complicated, well it is, unless you’re a trained therapists, then it’s the skill that we give to our guest without thinking about it, providing we are aware of why our guests chose to have a massage and have booked the right massage for their needs.
When booking, tell reception staff what massage pressure you prefer
Reception staff and massage therapists cant read your mind, we can however read your body but often guest expect us to know what they want without telling us. There are many guests who like a light massage and others like a firm pressure massage but we need to know this at time of booking so that the appropriate spa Therapist is booked for you.
If you don’t understand the massage styles offered at a day spa or you have not read the spa menu, tell reception staff the reason you need a massage, when your’e booking and they can help you chose the best massage for your needs.
Firm pressure massage
A lot of people think they need a firm pressure massage, or it is a waste of time, the no pain no gain type of thinking. In actual fact it really depends, on what you are having a massage for, as to the style and pressure you should have to achieve results.
Firm massage is best suited to athletes or those that suffer from tight areas that cause imbalances. Firm massage is also beneficial when you have areas of congested muscle as it can release the tension however it depends on what has caused this tension and how often you have a massage.
It’s really important to understand that when you require a firm massage like Remedial or Deep Tissue seeing a qualified practitioner who will work with your body over a period of time (6 to 12 weeks with a massage once a week) is what will achieve results. You will gain minimal or no benefit with a one hour Firm massage once a year on holiday.
Best massage for tired, overworked or stressed people
Did you know that having a medium to lighter pressure massage is far more beneficial for stress, fluid retention, anxiety, lack of energy, feeling tired, run down or over worked.
If you want a massage because you are anxious, suffering from insomnia or exhaustion and you need a flowing medium to light pressure massage. If you have a firm massage your body may read this as more stress because if it feels uncomfortable or sore and your mind will interpret this as another thing to deal with, then the emotions are triggered into believing that something it wrong.
It’s more beneficial to soothe away tension with a medium to light flowing massage
At ikatan Spa our Chi massage is suited to guests who are seeking stress relief, as the Chi massage works on the body as it’s calmed by the warmth of the oil and herbal compress, soothed by flowing hands and it gives the mind peace with aromatherapy essential oil blends. The muscles have a sense of letting go in the Chi massage to release tension because the mind senses a de-stressed state.
You don’t do a 10k power run up a hill once a year to improve your fitness, so why would you expect to have a 90 minute deep tissue massage once a year to release tension?
Next time you book a massage tell the person who answers the phone, why you need the massage. If you don’t tell us how you feel we can’t make you feel better, we need a starting point to apply our expertise and knowledge to help you.
Communication is key to getting what your body needs.