6 best massages from around the world
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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.