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Massage Your Way Through the Gateway

If you are an advocate for good living, then here you will see that a good vibe can be harnessed and you can massage your way to chill vibe – or rather, someone else with the appropriate credentials and skill will dial that in for you.

vintage massage poster

Massage your way through the gateway with this activity that is best treated as a norm, rather than an indulgence.

Your Mind and your Body will be oozing with those good feels.

The good feels of a little message therapy are a solid and empowering place to be.

The Myriad of Massages Available

the myriad of massages available

1. Deep Tissue Massage

This type of massage makes the number one on this list as my experience with a 90-minute deep tissue massage was one of the most epic massages I have ever experienced. The power of deep and pressurized finger application to your body that permeates the deepest layers of your connective tissues and muscle fibers is a very very good vibe.

deep tissue massage vibes

This massage is best received nakey bakey or in your undies, as most massages tend to be received. This kind of massage is ideal should you have muscle tension that needs some serious release. If you have a sensitivity to pressure, then this may not be your jam, but there are plenty of different kinds of massages that can accommodate your uniqueness.

I can attest to the release and efficacy of this kind of massage. Maintaining your presence, with deep breathing and relaxation will yield the best results. Do not be surprised or unnerved should your system release toxins by way of sweat or repeated bowel movements.

Deep tissue massage gets into the depths of your system and acts as a filtration system and energy release. It is a very very good vibe!

2. Swedish Massage

If you are new to the massage experience this massage will be your go to.

Swedish massage (derived from Sweden) is a full body massage and dials in a gentle vibe so it is ideal for beginners to massage, as well as releasing any minor tension or discomfort in your musculature systems.

swedish flag massage

The premise of this type of massage is long, kneaded strokes in the direction of your heart as well as integrating tapping techniques and vibration. Circular motions and joint movement techniques may be applied to support release of tension from your body.

It is a gentle kind of massage and very relaxing.

3. Massage Aromatherapy Style

massage aromatherapy style

Essential oils are quite popular and the effectiveness of their application to support a healthy and vibrant life have been proven. Essential oils have healing properties and combined with soft and gentle pressure, aromatherapy massage can prove to boost your mood and lend itself to a component of healing and peace for your state of being.

Inhaling the specific smells from the various oils your massage therapist will use while your body is immersed in relaxation and gentle touch. This massage can be a full body massage or just focus on the areas of the back, head, shoulders and neck where most on the go humans store their stress.

massage aromatherapy oils and florals

4. Shiatsu Massage

This type of super relax vibes massage was originated in Japan. It is a great dial in for relaxation, stress relief and tension in your musculature. This kind of massage resonates with emotional and physical peace, relaxation and calm.

This is a full body indulgence and the shiatsu massage therapist of your choosing will use their hands, pressure of their palms and thumbs to massage specific points on your body in a rhythmic and vibratory manner.

This kind of massage is cool dialled in fully clothed and is a good option for those who prefer to remain clothed or covered when receiving a massage.

The word Shiatsu derives from the combination of 2 Japanese words. “Shi” means “Finger” and “Atsu” means “Pressure” Stimulating points along the energy meridians of your body by way of the energy pathways as well as gentle stretching lends itself to a fluid flow of Qi throughout your physiological system. “Qi” is “energy” and it flows by way of these meridians that govern different functions of our system.

the energy meridians map

Having these pathways clear and flowing with vibrance and clarity lends itself to an optimal state to take advantage of your physiological energy and connect you to tapping into the limitless supply Universal Energy.

A very good vibe indeed.

Shiatsu massage is considered a healing art of a meditative nature that proves to honour your entirety of being in Mind, Body and Spirit. It can be implemented with the hands or the feet and is performed on a table-top.

5. Massage with Hot Stones

This vibe in the gateway of massages will ease muscle tensions, improve your blood flow and alleviate any discomfort you may be holding in your body. This is a stress reliever to the max and a surefire way to relax.

centre stones spinal energy

This massage treatment is similar to the Swedish above but rather than the use of, or in combination with the hands, heated stones are placed in various locations around the body or the massage therapist will use the stone as a massage element on the body. It is a combination of the use of the earth in harmony with your body to promote your optimal wellness.

Any endeavour that connects you to aspects of the natural world and promotes a regulated state in your physiology is an endevour that will most definitely yield a good vibe.

6. Sports Massage

As an advocate and participant in many sports and recreational activities, I can tell you that sports massage is a good vibe and optimal option if you have injury to a muscle or muscle group as a result of repetitive use of the specific musculature system by way of a hobby or professional sport that you engage in. power woman silhouetteThis type of massage is good to enhance and increase your performance and flexibility as a sports aficionado. It is implemented on the entirety of the body or pinpoints a specific area that is prone to your specific sport and the injury incurred from it. Depending on your individual needs the level of intensity of the application of the massage in terms of pressure from deep pressure to soothing, gentler strokes.

The benefits of relaxation, mental clarity and release of muscle tension make sports massage a winning investment! The massages will expand your flexibility and chill out those muscles, yielding a more empowered state of being, thus proving preventative to any further injuries. When your muscles are relaxed and well nurtured, they will work with you rather than against you. Nurture your being and it will repay you in like manner with a vibrant and healthy existence.

7. The Reflexology Jam

If you have an aversion to massage then the reflexology jam might be right up your alley.

This massage is a great option for those who prefer a low key massage experience but still benefit from its promotion of relaxation and restoration of natural energy levels in your system.

Varying in intensity from gentle to firm pressure is applied on points of the hands, feet and ears.reflexology map of hands and feet The dealio behind the thought of reflexology is that areas of the hands and feet correspond to systems and organs of your body and applying pressure to these areas is believed to bring relief, relaxation and a sweet healing vibe to the corresponding areas of the body.

There are charts to guide your massage therapists application of touch and pressure. It is a low risk, modest and effective massage that promotes wellness, relaxation and overall good health.

Along with the lucky seven types of massage there are still a list that exist. Infant, Reiki, Couples Massage, PreNatal/Pregnancy Massage, Myofascial Massage…the list continues! These 7 up top are ones that have proven to yield goodvibes in many respects for myself and surrounding tribe.

It is an act of self care and good esteem to care and nurture the vessel that carries you through this wacky, intense, ever flowing and abundant life. My most memorable massage was performed by a man who looked like a Sumo wrestler on the sunny sands of St Maarten and I felt like I was walking on a cloud after 90 minutes under the thumb (literally) of that gifted and kind being. beach massages are wellness

Find a space that dials in a good massage and treat yourself in the manner in which you are accustomed to being.

Relaxed, refreshed, nurtured, loved and appreciated in Body, Mind and Spirit. A massage is an investment that will reap you massive rewards.

Comments (12)

  1. So I played basketball for 15 years (haven’t played much in recent years due to an ACL injury I suffered back in 2011) and between that and just general exercise, I’ve dealt with some muscle aches and spams, mainly in my back. I went to a chiropractor but I didn’t really notice a significant difference. My aunt told me to get a massage but I’ve just not gone through with it yet. She does deep tissue about once per month and says it makes her feel 10 times better every time and after reading the part about the deep tissue massage on this page, I’ll probably have to go ahead and schedule an appointment sooner than later. Thank you!

    • Absolutely Corey!

      Chiropractic care is good for the musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine. If you are experiencing aches and muscle spasms then a 15 minute daily investment into torso stretching, particularly those found in yoga, could prove really beneficial to you and is very easy to implement.

      If you invest in simple activities to yield flexibility and resilience into your muscles, then your muscles will be less likely to atrophy or respond antagonistically to the endurance you expose them to. You work for them, they work for you kind of approach.

      I hope you go indulge in a deep tissue massage and see the proof in the pudding!  A very good vibe indeed!

      Enjoy yourself!

      -Bex

  2. I have only had one professional massage in my life and it was far from deep tissue but non the less it felt good so i can imagine how good a deep tissue massage would feel.

    I am a firm believer in scents helping in many ways like relieving stress and anxiety, lightening your mood and everyone around.

    I had a hard time reading the “body meridians” but my massage that I spoke of earlier did involve stones. It was very relaxing, almost to the point of sleep mode.

    I have heard great things about reflexology and how it can heal in come cases and relief pressure and unwanted stresses in your life.

    I can certainly dig all of these options and if given the opportunity would try them all out.  Thanks for the good read.

    • Hi Amanda!

      I like that you have had the good experience of a massage and that you believe in the healing power of aromas. Essential oils during massage with different aromatic qualities can really support and enhance the empowering self care act that regular massage therapy provides. 

      I am so stoked to hear of your optimism and open mindedness in giving them all a go!

      Thank you for your comment and have a most excellent week ahead!

      Cheers!

      -Bex

  3. I would be the first to admit that I have never had a massage therapy and so I know little or nothing about massages. Having a massage, has remained on my ‘to-do’ list for so long. So you can understand my shock to know that there are different types of massages.

    Thank you for this very enlightening piece. I’ve once used this equipment at the gym called a ‘ crazy massager’. I’m wondering if the experience is anything compared to a real massage. What’s your take on this?

    • Hey Mary!

      I was surprised to hear of your surprise in discovering different types of massage and I would love to hear of your experience should you choose to check off that box on your to-do list!  My experience with massage is that it leaves you in a state of oozing good feels. 

      As for the crazy massager, I have yet to try such a device, but the title of the device makes me a bit weary as massage and what I deem encompasses an authentic one to mind, body and spirit would not resonate with the word “crazy”.  I have sat in one of those massage chairs with the gadgets and settings which made for a comical experience in front of a group of fellow parents awaiting their children from Parkour, but for me, I prefer the human touch connection and the energy that is transferred and released by a trained professional.  

      The person to person experience in massage also lends itself to a more organic experience where you can voice and communicate your preferences or areas in which you would appreciate further attention.  There is a nurturing in that too,  on a humanity level, that I do not think can be achieved through a machine.

      Thank you for your comment and keep me posted should you choose to delve into the massage experience!

      -Bex

  4. I have never went to a professional massage. I never wanted a stranger touching me while I’m naked. I am like that. But, I have always wanted to go to a Reflexology Specialist. I do love a good massage by my loved one, but I’m just too private of a person to go and have someone else do it, and I know they are very beneficial. I would like to hear more about reflexology. I didn’t know about the hands and ears until I read your post, I only knew about the feet and that each location on the foot goes specifically to a certain organ that may be ailing you or area of the body that is ailing you. Thank you for your post, I learned something new today. Be Blissfully Blessed.

    • Hey Sara!

      I am stoked to hear that you are in good esteem of yourself and maintaining your own boundaries in which you feel you can operate optimally.  It’s a good vibe that reflexology is something you are open to, if you prefer not to have the other kind of massages that entail your whole body and it’s cool that you are a super private person. Different strokes for different folks so the reflexology vibe sounds just right. 

      It is a very interesting and cool vibe to learn about the points on the feet and the energy contained within the hands and how that relates to the rest of our physiology.  The connectivity to the body, the earth and universal energy flows abundantly so you will reap benefits from engaging in some reflexology for sure!

      I love learning new things too, so I thank you for your good energy and wish you a sincere thanks for your comment and the same blessings right back at ya lovely lady! 

  5. Massage is such a great way of relaxing. I don’t do many massages, but when I do, it’s like another level of relaxation that goes deep inside my muscles. Over the years, I’ve done acupuncture, which I love and yoga at least weekly. Mixing that with massage is such a great way of tending to the deep tissues that need that extra bit of love. Great vibe Bex! And keep up the great posts.

    • Hey JB!

      Always a pleasure to hear your experiences of riding a good vibe! Thank you my brother and have a most solid weekend ahead!

      -Bex

  6. I’d say all my life different types of massage have been accompanying me. I didn’t think about that before reading this post. Probably, it’s because massage is the most effective and affordable type of therapy. Being students of the university we with friends used to love to attend a bathhouse. In some countries in Europe and Asia, bathhouses are very popular and are the places not only to take a bath but for aromatherapy, massage, relaxation, and a type of pastime with friends at the end of week or month. The energy boost after the bathhouse keeps you energized for many days. Shiatsu massage though is deemed Japanese, is a kind of acupressure, very powerful in dealing with different types of conditions including pains, aches, sexual disorders, constipation, sight or hearing issues and many more. And what is the most interesting you can do it for yourself any comfortable for you time. I’ve read somewhere that all types of massage, acupressure, acupuncture aim the only goal – unblocking the active points of energy meridians. If it is really so, it is hard not to believe that our body has an intrinsic self-healing mechanism that needs only to keep in a working condition. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Max!

      I am so pleased to hear that you are encompassed the good vibes that the varying types of massage offer. I recently underwent a bio-energy healing session with a practitioner who does energy work and it has elevated my state of being to a degree in which I am a passionate advocate for the implementation of energy work when dealing with the human physiology. The list of treatments of massage that you note are all forms in which we can enhance and repair our physiological energy.The connection we have to our own energy systems, the manner in which we can manage them optimally, as well as using our bodies inherent, intricate and magnificent capabilities for self governance of optimal health is profoundly powerful and effective.

      It is a matter of changing the belief system that our healing comes from outside of ourselves, when in fact, if we go inwardly, we can sense and experience the magic of our connectivity to the universal energies of the earth through our meridians and chakra systems. Of course, a healer or massage therapist is an entity outside of ourselves, however engaging in massage is a gateway in which we can become more attuned to these systems within and live in a very very good vibe!

      Thank you for your comment and your returned investment of energy here on my site!

      Have a great weekend Max!

      -Bex

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