Hello, last day of February and Happy Leap Day. Doesn’t it feel like this should be a holiday just because? Even if I didn’t go to an Oscar party it still feels like a Saturday night in my world.
Part of my weekend was at Spa Noir in downtown Seattle with a good friend who was generous enough to share her spa gift with me (thanks again, friend!). She’s usually not a big fan of massages where as I can’t get enough of them. So it got me thinking about all the different types of massages, which ones I like best, and why different massages may match up better with different personalities. For the record, I am not a massage therapist. I’m just a girl who’s had a lot of them and this is my opinion. Let’s dig deep, shall we? 😉
The Swedish Massage
This is probably the most common type and it’s usually very gentle. Therapists use long strokes, soothing circles, and/or gentle kneading on the superficial layers of your muscle.
Who I think it’d be good for: Almost everyone. Relaxation is an often overlooked part of our busy lives. Taking time to tune out and relax is very important.
My tips: If you are a person that doesn’t like to be touched, and a full body massage causes you more stress than relaxation, go for the facial! Or at least, a shorter time spent on the table. 90 minutes is probably too much for you.
Deep tissue massage is my jam. It’s not for everyone because they get into the connective tissue of the muscle (hence “deep tissue”) so it can feel more tender. Some would even say hurt, I just happen to think it’s a good hurt!
Who I think it’d be good for: Those with physically demanding jobs, athletes, or when prescribed by your doctor.
My tips: Tell your massage therapist if the tenderness is too much, but when there are sore spots focus deep breathing right into the source of the pain. I’d also try it for a few visits because what could start out as very tender over time can feel good. At least for me!
Just like it sounds, smooth hot stones are placed on areas of tension or used along with gentle massage strokes. The heat is usually very soothing.
Who I think it’d be good for: People who don’t like deep tissue massage but get bored or need a little extra than a regular Swedish Massage.
My tips: When the rocks are first placed on the skin they can feel a little too hot but they cool down very quick.
With Japanese origins, this type of massage uses firm finger pressure applied to specific points for healing (as used in acupuncture) and increased energy flow.
Who I think it’d be good for: People who are looking for more than just relaxation.
My tips: Go in with an open mind and try to visualize energy flowing into the areas of finger pressure.
Thai massage uses the therapist’s other body parts as well as hands (knees, legs and feet) to get you into yoga-like positions.
Who I’d think it’d be good for: Yoga lovers or if you are feeling like you need an extra stretch.
My tips: It feels a little strange at first having someone else pull your body parts in strange ways. Try to relax and be a “wet noodle” as much as possible to make their job easier and for you to get the most out of the movements.
These are the massages I’ve tried. There is one I’ve heard of where they walk on your back by holding onto a bar above as well as a water massage. Both of those are on my list. What’s your favorite type of massage? Are there any that I didn’t mention that you’d recommend?
After our spa day, I took my shiny skin and hair to a yearly holiday gala for E’s work. It was at a nearby seafood restaurant that has great food an even better view. If you every visit Seattle and are looking for a good Seafood restaurant then check out Salty’s on Alki Beach!
The rest of the weekend we celebrated my church’s official grand opening, met the newest baby in our group of friends, celebrated my Dad’s Birthday, and watched the Oscars. A lot to celebrate! I think you could have heard a pin drop before they announced Leo’s name for best actor.
Wishing you all a wonderful first week of March!