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Types of massage

There is a vast variety of massage types: Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage, hot stone massage, shiatsu massage, thai massage, pregnancy massage, reflexology, sports massage, lomi-lomi massage, anti cellulite massage, maderotherapy, erotic massage... Type of massage to choose depends entirely on your needs and wants.

Swedish massage

Swedish massage South Africa

Based on the Western concept of human anatomy and physiology.  Swedish massage starts with the overall treatment of the body, and slowly moving focus to specific body parts, treating problematic body regions.  Swedish massage helps relax muscles, and it most suitable during recovery periods. 

Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy massage South AfricaThis is a type of Swedish massage with the use of massage oils enriched with essential oils. Essential oils have soothing scents, and is believed that they have curing effects. Some essential oils , such as lavender and rose, can contribute to relaxation. 

Aromatherapy is especially recommended for people suffering from migraines, insomnia, digestive problems, back pain and PMS.

Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage South AfricaSpecial volcanic stones, made from basalt, that retain heat are used for this type of relaxation massage. Hot massage stones are placed on specific parts of your body by your massage therapist, but they can also be held by your therapist while doing the massage. 

Shiatsu massage

Shiatsu massage South AfricaForm of Japanese massage technique. It is based on local application of rhythmic pressure by your therapist's fingers (sometimes whole hands and elbows are used). Application on pressure on specific body parts usually lasts just for few seconds. Main goal of shiatsu massage is to stimulate acupressure points in order to improve energy flow through the body, and to restore body's balance. 

During shiatsu massage no oil is applied, so the person receiving a treatment stays fully clothed. Shiatsu massage is mostly done on the floor, on a mat, but it may also be done on a lower massage table. 

It is believed that shiatsu massage is good for treating arthritis, insomnia, neck and back pain, and even sinus problem. It can boost energy, speed up recovery process and stimulate digestive system.

Thai massage

Thai massage South AfricaUnique combination of yoga, passive stretching, and pressure based massage movements. Thai massage requires no effort from the person receiving massage as the therapist is the one that moves and stretches your body. 

Thai massage restores body's energy balance. Therapist applies rhythmic compressions along body's energy meridians in order to reduce stress and improve flexibility. 

Pregnancy massage

Pregnancy massage South AfricaSpecially adapted massage therapy for relaxation during pregnancy. Since most pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles during late pregnancy (at 28 weeks until birth),  massage therapy specially adapted for pregnant women can be of great help. 

Therapist needs to go through special training and get certified in order to be able to do this type of a massage. For pregnancy massage usually specially designed massage tables are used. 


Reflexology massage South AfricaTechnique based on application of pressure with fingers on the feet of the person receiving the treatment. It promotes relaxation and heeling of the body. 

It is believed that their is connection between reflexology regions and body's organs. By applying pressure on your reflexology regions, therapist can balance your nervous system and stimulate release of endorphin, happy hormone, which leads to lowering stress. 

Sports massage

Sports massage South AfricaDesigned to prevent and to cure injuries, improve flexibility and enhance athletic performance, sports massage is suitable for sportsmen, either professionals or amateurs. 

The goal of sports massage is to manipulate soft tissue, and to focus on certain muscle groups, depending on the needs of the person being massaged. Sports massage stimulates blow flow, improves range of motion and flexibility.

Lomi lomi massage

Lomi lomi massage South AfricaTraditional Hawaiian massage that encompasses different massage techniques. Lomi lomi massage helps relieve stress, improve blood circulation, eliminate toxins...

Anti cellulite massage

Anti cellulite massage South AfricaIf you are suffering from cellulite, specially designed massage therapy can be of help. For best results it has to be combined with drinking adequate amount of water daily, eating healthy food and regular exercise. 


Maderotherapy massage South AfricaType of anti cellulite massage that has proven to be very effective. Maderotherapy comes from Columbia, and is carried out applying pressure using anatomical wooden elements which helps reduce cellulite and body fat.

Erotic massage

 Erotic massage South AfricaSensual massage that can be received either by your partner or by a person doing such type of massage. Erotic massage is usually combination of relax massage combined with something that is knows as happy ending (stimulation of sex organ with by hand, done by the person doing the massage - your partner or therapist).