Spa massage is the stroking, kneading, warming, rolling and pressing of skin and muscles that helps to relax and revive. It is one of the most popular treatments on a spa menu and it is believed to improve both physical and emotional wellbeing by stimulating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system which in turn decreases stress and anxiety. Massage can also increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help to stabilise mood.
Unlike clinical massage, which aims to correct pain and dysfunctions in a specific area of the body, spa massage intent is generally for general relaxation and wellbeing to recover from life’s everyday stresses. It can also be used to treat conditions such as insomnia, irritability and premenstrual symptoms.
The water of a hot tub or spa bath provides buoyancy for the body, which relieves pressure on joints and sore muscles. In addition, the warm water of a hot tub or spa massage dilates blood vessels, which allows for easier flow of oxygen-rich blood through them to flush out lactic acid and to reduce muscle fatigue.
Spas are a haven for wellbeing and can provide a relaxing and calming experience. However, it is important to remember that while a spa may offer many different types of massage, not all of them will be effective at treating your individual needs. It is therefore important to seek out a massage treatment specifically designed for you. For the best results, a massage should be performed by a qualified and experienced Massage Therapist who is able to understand and interpret your unique needs.