6 best mas­sages from around the world

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Hands-on heal­ing from far and wide.

This an­cient method works on the ther­a­peu­tic points mapped on your body’s merid­i­ans – the path­ways which carry en­ergy through­out the body.

By fo­cus­ing on th­ese points your ther­a­pist un­blocks stag­nant qi or en­ergy. This helps your en­ergy, blood, oxy­gen and es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents flow more ef­fec­tively through the body, leav­ing you feel­ing re­laxed and re­vi­talised af­ter a treat­ment.

You’ll usu­ally re­main clothed while the ther­a­pist ap­plies and re­leases firm yet gen­tle pres­sure to spe­cific points on your body. Long, sooth­ing strokes and gen­tle pres­sure are the hall­marks of this style, which has been shown to help you fight off vi­ral in­fec­tions. It can also im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion, en­hance lym­phatic drainage and in­crease mo­bil­ity.

Swedish mas­sage com­bines smooth strokes, mus­cle knead­ing, cir­cu­lar move­ments and short tap­ping move­ments with the edge of the hand. Treat­ments cover the whole body – oil is ap­plied di­rectly to the skin and you’ll be ly­ing down, cov­ered by a towel.

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