FAQs About Asian Massage

Asian massage sessions offer numerous health benefits and promote overall well-being. They can help reduce stress, improve circulation, alleviate pain, and enhance flexibility. At Garden Retreat Spa, our skilled practitioners tailor each session to your needs to maximize these benefits. Here are some frequently asked questions about this type of massage:

What Is Asian Massage?

Asian massage is a term that refers to various types of therapeutic bodywork that originated in Asia. This includes massage styles such as Korean, Shiatsu, Thai, and Tui Na. Each technique has a unique approach, but they all share a common goal: to balance the body’s energy, known as “Qi” or “Chi,” and promote overall health and wellness. In addition to manipulating the body’s energy flow, these massages incorporate physical techniques like stretching, kneading, and pressure to relieve muscle tension and stress. Massage sessions can be used for various purposes, including relaxation, pain management, and improving flexibility and circulation.

How Does Asian Massage Differ from Other Massages?

This massage style incorporates various techniques developed in Asian countries. The combination of massage techniques helps restore balance within the body by manipulating the flow of life-force energy. A Thai massage is a more active technique that includes muscle stretching, acupressure, and compression. Tui Na massage heavily emphasizes manipulating pressure points within the body. This differs from Western massage styles that focus primarily on relieving muscle tension and promoting physical relaxation.

Is Asian Massage Painful?

While some of these techniques involve intense pressure, they are not meant to induce pain. The level of intensity is constantly adjusted according to the individual’s tolerance and comfort levels. There may be some mild discomfort for individuals experiencing Asian therapy for the first time. This is because specific areas, such as the foot, are worked on intensively due to their believed energetic connections to various body parts. At Garden Retreat Spa, we prioritize client comfort and communication to deliver a beneficial and enjoyable Asian therapy experience. If you experience pain during or after your session, communicate with your masseuse immediately. They are trained to adjust their techniques to promote comfort and provide tips for muscle recovery.

How Should I Prepare for an Asian Massage?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment, as many Asian therapy techniques involve stretching and movement. Once in the massage room, you may be asked to remove your clothing and change into a robe. Once you lie on the massage table, focus on relaxing. Take deep, calming breaths and try to keep your mind at ease. Communicate honestly with your masseuse about your comfort level and pain tolerance to help them adjust their technique accordingly. 

How Often Should I Get a Massage?

The frequency of your massage sessions depends on your individual needs and lifestyle factors. Weekly sessions provide the most benefits for individuals with high-stress jobs or regular physical discomfort. Scheduling a session every two weeks or once a month is sufficient for maintaining general relaxation and wellness. Consult your professional massage therapist to determine the optimal session frequency for your health and well-being goals.

Schedule an Asian Massage Session

At Garden Retreat Spa, we’re passionate about helping our clients experience the benefits of Asian massage techniques. We specialize in Korean, Shiatsu, and Swedish massage techniques. We are located in New York City and provide massage sessions for individuals, small groups, and couples. Contact our team today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.