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Relax Asian Massage And Different Variants Of It!
It would be nearly impossible to find someone who either does not have the pleasure of experiencing a massage session or at the very least knows about it. Massages used to be only available at luxury spas and top-class health clubs. While they certainly are still around, massage therapy can be found at businesses, hospitals, clinics, and even some popular airports as well.
Massage is a general term used to describe the craft of providing relaxation to the muscles and reducing the stress of the individual by pressing, rubbing, and manipulating one’s skin, muscles, and tendons. Massage therapy can –
- Reduce the stress level of the individual and increase relaxation
- Reduce the pain, muscle soreness, and tension of the person
- Beneficial in increasing circulation, alertness, and even the energy levels
- Lowering the heart rate and the blood pressure of the patient
- Positively impacting the immune system of the individual
And while this more than cover-ups the purpose of massage therapy, one will find that there are different variants targeting different pressure points. From Swedish massage to deep tissue massage and trigger point massage, there are so many variants that it is nearly impossible for one to keep track of all of them. And one such popular massage therapy is Asian Massage.
What Is Asian Massage?
Asian Massage is a term used to collectively describe different massage therapies prevalent in the Eastern Asian continent. But it is a misnomer as it also describes Thai and Indian Massages, which, as one might have correctly guessed, does not fall under the ‘East Asian’ tag.
A significant way that Asian Massages differ from their western counterparts is that they are primarily focused on energy meridians and their balance and then applying touch pressure to determine the root cause of the issue the individual they are facing. Once the Asian massage therapist has determined the issue at hand, an effective therapy procedure is applied.
The basic difference between Western massage therapy and relax Asian Massage is not only Asian Massages are more rigorous, one does not even need to know the reasoning behind their condition due to the heavy emphasis by Asian massage therapists on the ‘diagnosing’ phase.
Different Types Of Asian Massage Therapy:
Just like the different regions on the Asian continents, different massage therapies are prevalent in different regions. And while they are all similar in one aspect, as they all focus on energy meridians, the procedure and pressure points would be completely different from one another.
Japanese Massage, or Shiatsu Massage as it is more often referred to, is iconic Japanese bodywork that focuses on the pressure point of the individual using hands and fingers, with each press point lasting for around 2 to 8 seconds. Just the perfect amount of time to stimulate the body’s acupressure details improves energy flow and recovers the balance of the individual. It is the last point that is extremely crucial in Shiatsu and several other Asian massage therapies.
Thai Massage is world-renowned, and you would be hard-pressed to find a luxury Asian spa that does not offer such. It would be quite unfathomable for that to be the case. But while Thai massage is widely believed to have its roots in the Malay Peninsula, that is surprisingly not accurate. Thai Massage roots can be traced back to the age of Buddha and enlightenment in the Indian subcontinent around 2500 years ago.
A Thai Massage therapy combines yoga, stretching movements, and pressure points, which adds to the validity of the argument about its origin. A Thai Massage therapist would move you into a sequence of shows on a mat, open your body’s flexibility, and balance your body’s energy. This is done by continuous rhythmic compressions that lower the stress level and add to the motion range. And unlike the popular perception, one can take Thai Massage fully clothed as well.
Chinese Massage is quite underrated, especially if one considers that its techniques have been in practice for over four millennia. Few things stand the test of time and stay pure for the next generations like what one can find at spa Chinese. Chinese massage therapy can be easily branched off into two categories – ‘tui na’ and ‘zhi ya’. Tui na would, at first glance, look more closely related to other European and Western Massage therapies rather than Asian ones. Zhi ya, on the other hand, focuses more on the pressing and pinching movements that are common in Asian massage therapies.
Ayurvedic Massage is one of the oldest forms of massage therapies that one can find anywhere in this world. Particularly popular in the Indian subcontinent, Ayurvedic massage therapy is based on the philosophies that make up Ayurveda – health and wellness of the mind, body, and soul. And while there are many variants of Ayurvedic Massage, the most popular are – Abhyanga and Pizhichil.
There are several other Asian massage therapies that are also quite popular, like Cupping therapy, Indonesian Massage, and oriental Massage, that one can look for. They more or less follow the same principle as described in the other Asian Massage therapies.
What Happens At Asian Massage Parlors?
Asian Massage parlors do have a bad rep about what goes behind the scenes. Not only several of the workers are heavily underpaid and unlicensed for their craft, but Asian spa workers are often seen with suspicious eyes, and not just in the Western world. There is a stigma attached that even the best massage places are often just a front for sex work and prostitution. And while it is certainly not the case with most of the massage parlors, a certain few have sullied the name so much that it requires correction.
Asian Massage Spa works like any other spa. The major issue one has to face at an Asian Massage parlor is being treated by unlicensed and untrained professionals. This could be a recipe for disaster, especially if you are an individual needing help with a pinched nerve. The untrained professional could easily make the matter worse.
So, if you are an individual planning to get an Asian massage, don’t go for the cheapest therapy option and determine whether your therapist is properly trained and is licensed or not.