The Benefits of Regular Massage
If you have moved to Vietnam from another country, you may think that getting a massage is a luxurious treat. Perhaps you get a massage voucher as a birthday gift. Or maybe you visit a spa as a weekend getaway. Or maybe you get a massage when your body aches so much that you can’t carry on.
In Vietnam, things are quite different. You will see that massage spas are available on almost every street in Ho Chi Minh City. Getting a massage is not a treat to be enjoyed once a year. It is something that should be received regularly. It is something that helps to make sure that your health is protected.
In Vietnam, there are many types of massage available. You may see people with marks on their body after a ‘cupping massage’. Or you may see spas offering ‘fish massage’. But these are just some of the massage treatments available in Ho Chi Minh City and beyond.
At Raku Spa, we focus on Japanese Shiatsu massage. Our massage therapists apply pressure to key points on the body to restore the flow of qi, or ‘energy’. More information about shiatsu can be found here. If you add regular massage into your life, here is our introduction to the general health benefits that you will enjoy.
Massage comes in many forms. But it can always be described as ‘the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body’. Massage can be applied using hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms and feet. Some types of massage use a device, but the aim is the same. Massage is designed to relieve stress, or pain.
In Shiatsu massage, the therapist uses their fingers, thumbs and palms of the hand to apply pressure to key areas of the body. Shiatsu can be combined with Swedish massage which is a gentle massage technique that helps you relax. When receiving a Swedish Massage, the therapist might use long strokes, kneading, and deeper circular movements.
Sports massage, similar to Swedish massage, is designed to prevent injury in athletes, but can be enjoyed by anyone. By targeting key areas, the therapist will use a variety of massage techniques to treat the problem area. Finally, Deep massage, as the name suggests, will see the therapist apply a little more pressure and slower strokes to reach deeper muscle layers and tissue.
For many people, the aim of massage is to relieve stress. Any style of massage can help you relax, but you should always feel confident to talk to your therapist about your personal preferences. At Raku Spa, we are always happy to personalise the massage you receive.
Visiting a spa for any reason can be relaxing and enjoyable. Receiving a manicure, a pedicure or a facial can refresh and revitalise you after a long week. We recommend that you do these things if they help you to unwind!
But, why should massage become a part of your regular routine? The answer is simple; because massage can lead to better health. Here are some important health benefits that you can enjoy by getting a regular massage treatment.
1. Reduce Stress, Increase Relaxation
Of course, the most obvious health benefit of massage is stress-relief. There are many things that can cause you stress. Luckily, massage is an effective treatment whatever the cause. By helping to reduce your heart rate, relaxing tense muscles and releasing endorphins, even a short massage can make a big difference to your stress levels.
2. Constipation relief
In Eastern medicine, the abdomen is an important area when thinking about good health. If you are suffering with constipation or other digestive issues, Shiatsu massage can be an effective way of treating your problems. At Raku Spa, our massage therapists are all trained in Shiatsu and will be happy to apply their knowledge to help reduce your discomfort.
3. Tension headache relief
Tension headaches affect many people and can occur on a regular basis. If you ever feel like you have a tight band wrapped around your head, you may be a sufferer too. There are many causes of tension headaches. Some common causes are stress, eye strain, poor posture and lack of sleep. Regular massage can help to treat these causes and as a result reduce the number of tension headaches that you have.
4. Improve Sleep
Being stressed leaves your body in a state of ‘alert’. This in turn can affect your sleep. As we mentioned above, regular massages are an effective way of reducing stress, meaning that massage can also help improve your quality of sleep.
5. Reduce Muscle Soreness
You do not need to receive a specific ‘sports’ massage to help your muscles recover after they have worked hard. Whether you have been working out at the gym, or have an active job, any style of massage can help because it increases blood flow to the affected area. Shiatsu massage therapists at Raku Spa apply pressure to key areas of your body to reduce muscle tension and improve circulation.
6. Pain Relief – Arthritis and Joint Pain
One of the key figures in the history of Shiatsu massage, developed his understanding on the massage techniques when massaging his mother’s arthritic joints. As your massage therapist applies pressure to the painful area, blood flow increases and pain levels can reduce. Regular massage can be an effective tool for those who need to manage pain. If you are someone who suffers from arthritis or joint pain, please contact us to discuss how Raku Spa can best serve you.
Whether you are looking to treat a specific health issue, or you are just looking to take care of yourself better, regular massage can be an effective addition to your routine. For more details of the massage services available at Raku Spa click here. Contact us to discuss your needs or click on the link below to make a reservation.