How to Choose Your Massage

Sabrina Service Spotlight ,
Holistic Massage at Sanctuary Spa Houston

Whether you’re suffering from tight muscles, or you just need a little rest and relaxation, our massage treatments will help you unwind and renew your mind and body. Not sure what your body needs? We’re here to help!

A key part to a great spa experience is making sure you’re in the right hands. Therapists at Sanctuary Spa are expertly trained to understand body mechanics – how muscle pain is related to specific points on the body – as well as holistic massage practices.

There are many different types of massages, and selecting the technique that’s right for you can seem daunting. Our therapists use multiple massage techniques, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Lymphatic. Each massage session can be completely customized to your needs, so you may prefer a combination of these techniques.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most well-known type of massage, and consists of light to medium strokes. If you’re a massage first-timer, Swedish massage is the best place to start. It is great for relaxation, and is the base foundation for sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage. Like lymphatic massage, Swedish massage helps boost circulation and in turn, speeds the removal of bodily waste. Massage induced relaxation can decrease cortisol while increasing serotonin levels, which can result in an elevated mood.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage can be used for chronic aches, a stiff upper neck and back, lower back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders. It uses slower strokes and firm pressure to reach deeper layers of fascia and muscles. It can help break up scar tissue and knots that can disrupt circulation, cause pain and limit range of motion.

 Sports Massage

As the name suggests, sports massage is geared toward athletes. It is used to help prevent injuries, prepare the body for athletic performance and help with recovery. The technique used depends on the athlete’s activity of choice, but it will always focus on the areas of the body that are overused.

Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage encourages natural drainage of the lymph, which carries fluids and waste products away from the tissues. When the lymphatic system is working well, our body has a strong line of defense against illness. When our lymphatic system is blocked, we can experience swelling, lethargy and more susceptibility to illness. Lymphatic massage may help the lymph system perform its job better. By applying light pressure in a circular motion, therapists can stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently.

If you’re not sure what you need, talk to your massage therapist. They’re happy to help build a massage that’s suited to you and your body’s needs.