Types of Massages
Massage refers to the act of massaging the body with the hands. A massage therapist will use gentle pressure or very strong pressure on the joints and muscles of the body to relieve tension and pain.
Swedish Massage in Brighton & Sussex
Swedish Massage is a gentle, full-body massage for those who:
- Are you new to massage?
- You want to let go of tension
- desire gentle touch
It’s a great choice for massages that require you to relax fully.
You will need to take off your clothes for this massage. However, you can choose to wear your underwear. While you lie on the massage table, you will be covered with a sheet. The massage therapist will remove the sheet from your body to reveal areas they are currently working on.
A combination of these techniques will be used by the massage therapist:
- Long, flowing strokes in direction of the heart
- Deep circular movements
- Vibration and tapping
- passive joint movement techniques
A Swedish massage lasts 60-90 minutes.
Brighton & Sussex Hot stone massage
Hot Stone Massage is great for those who are suffering from muscle tension and pain, or just want to relax.
This therapeutic massage is very similar to a Swedish one, but the therapist uses heated stones instead of or in addition.
Hot stone massage may help:
- Reduce muscle tension
- Improve blood flow
- Reduce pain
- Relaxation is key
- relieve stress
A hot stone massage uses heated stones to massage different parts of the body. The therapist might hold a rock and massage various parts of your body with Swedish massage techniques using gentle pressure. Sometimes, cold stones may be used.
For hot stone massage, you don’t need to wear clothing unless you prefer to wear your underwear. A sheet will be placed on top of you.
The massage usually lasts 90 minutes.
Aromatherapy Massage in Brighton & Sussex
The best aromatherapy massages in Brighton & Sussex are for those who love the scent and are looking to add an element of emotional healing to their massages. This massage is great for:
- Boost your mood
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Depression symptoms can be reduced
- Reduce muscle tension
- Pain Relief
Aromatherapy massages combine gentle pressure and the use of essential oil. Although your massage therapist will typically decide which essential oils to use for you, you can tell them if you prefer. Before essential oils can be applied to the skin, they must first be diluted.
You’ll receive a full-body massage and essential oils will be inhaled through a diffuser. The oil will then be absorbed through your skin.
Aromatherapy massages may only be given to your head, back, shoulders and neck. Underwear is not required, but you won’t need to wear it.
A 60-90 minute aromatherapy massage takes place.
Deep-tissue massage in Brighton & Sussex
Deep tissue massage uses greater pressure than a Swedish Massage. If you have any muscle problems such as:
- Chronic muscle pain
A deep tissue massage will involve slow strokes and firm pressure from your massage therapist to release tension from the most deeply-buried layers of your muscles, connective tissues, and connective tissues. This massage can be done naked or with your underwear.
The massage lasts 60-90 minutes.
Deep tissue can be more intense but you should not feel any pain.
Sports massage in Brighton & Sussex
A sports massage can be a great option for those who have suffered a repetitive injury to their muscles, as a result of playing a sport. Because it can help prevent injuries, it’s also an option.
Sports massage is possible:
- Increase flexibility
- Increase athletic performance
- Reduce pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Release muscle tension
Sports massages can be performed on the whole body or just the areas that require the most attention. Depending on your needs, deep pressure can be alternated with gentle strokes.
A sports massage can be done naked or clothed. If you prefer to wear clothing for a sports massage, ensure it is loose and comfortable. You can also wear loose shorts or a tank top.
It is likely that the massage will last between 60 and 90 minutes.
Trigger Point Massage in Brighton & Sussex
Trigger point massage is ideal for those who are suffering from injuries, chronic pain, or any other condition.
Sometimes, tightness in muscle tissue can cause pain in other areas. These are called trigger points. This massage can help reduce pain by focusing on the trigger points.
A 2018 review showed that trigger point therapy can reduce tension in the head and neck muscles, which may help to lessen migraine headaches. However, more research is needed.
To relieve tension, trigger point massage employs alternating pressure levels in the area around the trigger point.
Your message in Brighton & Sussex will cover your whole body. However, your therapist will concentrate on certain areas. For the massage, you can wear light clothing or go completely naked.
This massage can last between 60 and 90 minutes.
Reflexology in Brighton
Reflexology is a technique that uses firm to gentle pressure on various pressure points in the feet and hands. This is a great way to restore or relax your natural energy. This is a great option for people who don’t like being touched all over their bodies.
Reflexology can be particularly beneficial for:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced fatigue
- Better sleep
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved mood
Reflexology significantly reduced anxiety in patients who had to have cardiovascular procedures performed, according to a 2018 review.
A 2019 clinical study showed that reflexology can reduce fatigue, pain, and improve sleep quality in patients with lymphoma.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that lets you reach your legs.
A reflexology massage takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
Shiatsu Massage in Brighton & Sussex
Shiatsu massage is great for those who want to relax and ease tension, pain, stress, and other emotions. Shiatsu massage is a Japanese style of massage.
- Promotes relaxation and emotional calm
- It helps to relieve pain
- May relieve your headaches
- Reduces muscle tension
- Improves sleep quality and fatigue
- May improve mood
A 2019 study showed that shiatsu therapy was combined with standard treatment for lower back pain to improve symptoms and quality of living immediately after treatment.
A 2018 study showed that self-shiatsu significantly improved the quality of sleep and daytime fatigue among young athletes suffering from sports-related concussions.
Shiatsu massage is good for the whole body. However, your therapist might focus on specific areas.
Your therapist will massage specific points on your body with their fingers, thumbs, and palms during a massage. You may use rhythmic or pulse pressure. During this massage, you can wear your full clothes.
Shiatsu massages last between 60 and 90 minutes.
Thai Massage in Brighton & Sussex
Thai massage is for those who are looking to be more active and reduce stress and pain. It can also improve:
- energy levels
Thai massage uses a series of movements similar to yogic stretching that works on the whole body. Your therapist will apply firm pressure to your entire body with their fingers and palms. Your body will also be stretched out and twisted in various ways.
During the massage, you can wear loose, comfortable clothes.
A Thai massage can last 60-90 minutes.
Prenatal Massage in Brighton & Sussex
A prenatal massage is a safe option for pregnant women. It can reduce body pains, stress levels, and muscle tension.
Many facilities, especially those in the United States, don’t offer massages for women in their first trimester because of the possibility of miscarriage. Before you receive a massage, consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
Prenatal massage uses gentle pressure, similar to Swedish massage. Your lower back, hips, and legs will be targeted by the therapist. Depending on your comfort level, you can have your hair completely or partially untied.
You can choose to lie on your back or on a table that has a cutout for your belly during a massage. Before you get a massage, consult a doctor if you have pain in your legs or calves.
The average massage lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.
Couples Massage in Brighton & Sussex
A couples massage is one that you share with your partner, friend, or family member. This massage offers all the benefits of regular massages, plus the opportunity to relax with your partner.
Sometimes, additional treatments such as pedicures and facials or body scrubs are included in a package.
You have the option to choose which message you would like, and you can also request a different message for your partner, depending on what your preferences are and what is available at your clinic.
You will be seated side-by-side and each of you will have your own massage therapist. If you’d like, you can speak during the massage.
Sometimes, your partner and you may be able to learn and practice massage techniques together.
For those who need a quick massage, a chair massage is the best option. It focuses on the neck and shoulders as well as the back.
If you have never tried a chair massage before, it can be a great way to get started with a massage. A chair massage can also help relieve stress and promote relaxation. This massage uses medium to light pressure.
You will remain completely clothed during the massage and be seated in a specially-designed chair. The massage therapist will be able to reach your back by you straddling the chair.
These massages last between 10 and 30 minutes.
Lymphatic drainage in Brighton & Sussex
Lymphatic drain massage also known as manual lymphatic discharge (MLD), is a gentle massage that stimulates lymph fluids to flow through the body.
The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins and improving circulation can help with many conditions including:
- skin disorders
- digestive problems
According to 2014 research, lymphatic drainage massage was better at improving the quality life for fibromyalgia sufferers than connective tissue massage.
In 2021 review 17 studies showed some evidence that MLD may be beneficial for mild to severe lymphedema.
If you have any of these conditions, lymphatic drainage massage should be avoided
- congestive heart failure
- History of strokes or blood clots
- Current infection
- Liver problems
- kidney problems
You can perform a lymphatic drainage massage at home or hire a professional. Before you attempt it, always consult your doctor.
These massages last for 60 minutes or more.
Cranial Sacral Therapy in Brighton & Sussex
Cranial Sacral Therapy, also known as craniosacral therapy, is a form of bodywork that relieves pressure on the spine, low back, and head bones.
Cranial sacral therapy works by gently manipulating the bones of the skull, spine, and pelvis to increase the flow of cerebrospinal liquid in the central nervous. You can also experience deep relaxation.
Cranial sacral therapy may be beneficial for the following conditions:
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Insomnia and disturbed sleep cycles
- Sinus infections
- Neck pain
- Infants with recurrent ear infections and colic
- temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Trauma recovery, including whiplash trauma
- Depression and anxiety are mood disorders.
- Pregnancies with difficult pregnancies
A 2019 review showed that cranial Sacral Therapy was more effective than sham in treating non-specific neck pain.
Cranial sacral therapy might not be right for you if you have any of these symptoms.
- severe bleeding disorders
- a diagnosed aneurysm
- A history of recent trauma head injuries (e.g., cranial bleeding, skull fractures)
Talk to your doctor about whether this therapy is right for you.
These massages last for 60 minutes or more.
Abhyanga oil massage Brighton
Abhyanga oil massage is part of the Ayurvedic Medicine system. Warm the oil and massage your body gently. This massage focuses more on the skin than deep muscle massage.
As mentioned, a small study, Trusted Source, has shown benefits.
- Reduced stress
- Activation of the parasympathetic nervous systems (rest and digest).
- Improved skin health and moisture
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced muscle stiffness
Abhyanga is possible on your own or with a qualified practitioner.
These massages last for 60 minutes or more.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy is another form of bodywork. It involves the release of stiffness in the Fascia, which is the connective tissue system that houses each muscle in your body. Your therapist will use light pressure to massage any tight areas.
Myofascial therapy may be beneficial for certain conditions:
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Venous insufficiency
The massages in Brighton & Sussex last for 60 minutes or more.