Massage

Worldwide Massage: Thai Massage

Known as “nuat phaen boran,” translating as “ancient manner massage,” Thai massage is based in the yoga and ayurveda traditions. Like many Oriental massage modalities, the physical manipulation of massage is only one...

Worldwide Massage: Shiatsu

Shiatsu is an outgrowth of Japanese Anma massage, having been recognised as a therapy distinct from Anma since 1964. There are many styles of shiatsu that balance western anatomy and physiology with traditional Chinese...

Why Massage Infants,

Any touch is good for a baby, but infant massage is a particular set of techniques. Beyond caresses and pats, baby massage is a definite set aside time, like story time or bedtime. The best time to massage babies are...

Massage in Thailand: Oriental de Phuket

Oriental de Phuket offers many styles of massage, including traditional Thai massage, aromatherapy, hand and foot massage, sports massage, and Indian head massage (champissage). The professional therapists are trained...

Massage in Thailand: Nirvana Massage Centre

The Nirvana Massage Centre in Bangkok, Thailand caters to male and female clientele, offering spa and salon services in addition to their traditional Thai massage, oil massage, and reflexology treatments. Guests can...

Massage in Thailand: The Garden Chiang Mai

The Garden Chiang Mai offers traditional Thai massage, nuat phaen boran, performed by therapists trained at certified Thai massage schools in Chiang Mai, as well as foot massage and oil massage. A traditional Thai...

Oils for Baby Massage

With babies’ sensitive skin, using some form of massage lubricant is important for making the massage a positive experience for the infant. Since many parents already have baby oil handy in the nursery for nappy rash...

Finding Massage in Thailand: Word of Mouth

One of the best ways to find a skilled masseuse or masseur in Thailand is to ask around with native friends or your Thai hosts. Among many of the therapists trained at the prestigious Wat Po or Chiang Mai academies of...

Massage for Relaxation

Whether getting massage on a physician’s order or to pamper themselves with a day at the spa, one of the first benefits people notice is that getting massaged is relaxing. Simply the act of taking time out for oneself...

Massage for Pain Management

The instinct to rub a sore or hurt spot on our own bodies shows what a natural treatment for pain massage is. Message can manage chronic pain as well as acute, and is particularly effective with chronic low back pain...

Massage’s Benefit to the Immune System

Massage has shown some promise for strengthening immune systems. In general, massage decreases T-cell activity and increases cytotoxic activity, both of which can help people with immune systems compromised by illnesses...

Massage’s Benefits for Digestion

A properly administered massage improves digestion with the release of gastric juices, particularly bile which assists in the digestion of fats. Other digestive enzymes can improve the absorption of micronutrients, too...

Massage’s Benefit for Circulation

Massage boosts circulation by physically assisting the movement of fluids through the body. Long strokes milk the muscles, pushing blood back toward the heart, which is why massage therapists generally work from the...

How to Give a Baby a Massage

Start by laying a towel or blanket down on a warm surface and putting the baby on the towel on her back with her feet nearest you. When giving a massage, oil your hands, not the baby. Pour a small amount of massage oil...

Baby Massage and Fathers

Making massage a regular part of child care from the earliest point can help fathers be more involved in their baby’s care. Particularly in families where the father works during the day, most of the bonding...

Avoid Using Fragrances in Baby Massage

While fragrances and essential oils help create a relaxing environment and add to the benefits of massage in adults, fragrances should be avoided in baby massage, particularly when massaging new-borns. Babies’ senses...

Do-It-Yourself Massage: Neck and Shoulders

The neck and shoulders are where many people carry tension. This simple massage lets you relax them on your own. First, cross your right arm in front of you and grab your left shoulder at the base of the neck. Using...

Do-It-Yourself Massage: Head

While something as simple as a light fingertip massage of the scalp can be relaxing, the head has many pressure points that can be harnessed for a relaxing self-massage. Using firm pressure with your fingertips, rub...

Do-It-Yourself Massage: Hands

Hand massage relieves the tension and soreness that can build up in people who type or otherwise use their hands all day. A hand massage can be done dry or using an oil or hand lotion. Start by shaking out your hands...

Do-It-Yourself Massage: Feet

For people on their feet all day, a foot massage at the end of the day can relieve the soreness and alleviate potential podiatric problems. Best of all, you can do it yourself. Foot massage can be done with or without...

Do-It-Yourself Massage: Face

Massaging your own face can be as simple as holding your cheeks in the palms of your warm hands for several minutes while the heat and tactile stimulation encourages blood flow. Depending on the techniques you use, your...