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Whatever it is in your life that’s currently stressing you out, there’s an easy and relaxing solution for it—massage therapy. You’ll get to recharge your body and soothe your nerves with facials and massages. But since the advent of the spa industry in the United States, you can get a headache just by choosing from the dozens of offered therapies available. We’ll go straight to the nitty-gritty and give you the five best stress-reducing massages that you can count on.

Aromatherapy Massage

stress reducing massage therapyJust from the term itself, you can already deduce that aromatherapy involves your nostrils. If you’re wondering what our nose has to do with relieving stress, the answer is A LOT! The nostrils are connected to the limbic system of the brain. This limbic system controls our emotions and influences our hormones.

Using essential oils like chamomile, rosemary, lavender, etc. that has their own healing properties, aromatherapy lets you inhale the molecules to benefit your limbic system while having a massage. The soothing aroma fills the air and should work its wonders on your body. Ask your therapist for the right essential oil for your needs.

Hot Stone Massage

A therapy that’s been used by Native Americans, hot stone massage uses smooth, heated stones to treat aching muscles. The heat relaxes and loosens up your tight muscles, and lets the therapist work more deeply.

The miracle worker here is the stones that are usually basalt or a smooth black volcanic rock, which is good for absorbing and retaining heat. The stone is believed to have an energetic charge, and will be more effective if placed in a spiral pattern on the body, during a full moon.


From the Japanese, shiatsu is a type of massage that uses finger and palm pressure to improve the natural flow of energy in the body. Thus, shiatsu can not only calm the sympathetic nervous system, but also improve circulation, reduce stress, and relieve stiff muscles.

Unlike other massage therapies that involve undressing, you can still remain fully clothed during shiatsu as long as it’s comfortable. The therapist applies pressure using his finger pads, not the palm, for most of the treatment. If there are some spots that feel tender, it’s called “good pain”, but don’t be afraid to let your therapist know if you him to lighten the pressure.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage is your answer to your consistent pains and aches in your neck, upper or lower back, shoulders, and legs. Deep tissue massage is also similar to a classic massage, but the former is deeper and slower and concentrates on the problematic areas.

The therapist applies massage oil on your skin and uses direct deep pressure to break down rigid tissues in your muscles. Expect to feel sore the next day after a deep tissue massage.

Swedish Massage

Best for first timers, the Swedish massage is the most common type of the most popular too, because it’s the most relaxing pressure. You can choose to have it slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing; you can let the therapist know of your preference.

Massage oil is applied before the massage strokes are performed to warm up your muscles. Gradually, you’ll feel your knots breaking up and your tensions released after a great treatment.

So have you found the therapy that suits you best? Go and try one of these at your favorite day spa or hotel spa. There are so many spa facilities you can find, from a spa cabin in Hocking Hills, Ohio, to a bed and breakfast spa in Saluda, North Carolina. When you’ve run out of stress-relieving options, do get a massage and you’ll never go back!

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