Decoding Different Body Massages

Ever gone to a spa and wondered what massage to get? Nobody actually tells you the uses of different massages and who should go for what. While I went for a massage last week it got me thinking. It felt amazing no doubt, but what do these different massages do to your body? Who should be taking what and what should be avoided. We have decoded it for you.

1) Abhyangam

“Abhyangam” means to apply oil to the body, is one of the most common and most sought after Ayurvedic massages. The warm oils applied using hands have a highly therapeutic psychological and physical affect, it helps calm the mind and your entire nervous system.



  • Improves blood circulation
  • Promotes good sleep
  • Increases strength and stamina
  • Improves vision & alertness
  • Gives softer, smoother skin
  • Calms nervous system and relieves stress
  • Reduces gas issues

Caution: Pregnant women, Women during menstruation, people with cuts, open wounds, and swelling should not opt for this massage.

2) Aromatherapy

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.” Its mainly known as a common relaxation technique. Studies say that if appropriate oils are used it can help relieve many common ailments.



  • Reduces stress
  • Helps fight depression
  • Manages pain
  • Helps control blood pressure
  • Prevents cellulite
  • Helps in menstrual cramping
  • Removes toxins
  • Helps relax and in general rejuvenation and revitalisation

Caution: People with heart conditions, recent surgery patients, pregnant women with risk or history of miscarriage, people with acute infections and fever, cancer patients and people with open wounds should avoid the massage.

3) Thai Massage

“Thai massage” involves ancient Indian principles, yoga postures with assistance and acupressure.  It is also known as “Thai Yoga Massage” as it is mainly assisted yoga postures, done by the giver while the receiver remains completely passive.

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  • Release of muscular tension
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Relief from Mental and Emotional Stress and improves balance
  • Clears mind and helps gain mental clarity
  • Improves strength, stamina and  helps with joint problems
  • Improves posture and balance
  • Helps with arthritic issues

Caution: Pregnant woman, people with spinal issues, people with healing broken bones, people with varicose veins and osteoporosis should avoid this.

4) Swedish Massage

This is one of the most popular massages. It helps in reduction of muscle toxins, increase in the level of oxygen in blood, improving blood circulation and flexibility while also easing tension. In this massage the masseuse rubs the muscles with long gliding strokes in the same direction as the blood flow returning to the heart.



  • Undo muscle knots
  • Reduces body pain
  • Improves circulation
  • Removes lymph and metabolic waste from muscle tissues
  • Stress relief
  • Relax and rejuvenate
  • Improves sleep

Caution:People with Recent injuries,Deep Vein Thrombosis,Cardiovascular complaints,Early pregnancy, varicose veins,Phlebitis On-going and undiagnosed pain.

5) Balinese Massage

It is  developed in Bali, with influence from the traditional medicine systems of Southeast Asia, China and India. Balinese massage techniques include acupressure, skin rolling and flicking, firm and gentle stroking, percussion, and application of essential oils. The practitioner perform hot  stone massage.



  • Reduce Stress
  • Improves Anxiety and Depression
  • Helps improve sleep problems
  • Relief from muscle pain
  • Improves irritable bowel syndrome
  • Increases metabolism
  • Boosts immunity

Caution: Pregnant women, people with injuries and diagnosed medical issues.

Although massages have various health benefits they can never be substituted with proper medical care. Now choose your massage wisely.

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