How To Choose the Right Asian Massage Type for Your Session

An Asian massage can help enhance relaxation, alleviate stress, and promote well-being. Asian massages have existed for thousands of years and have roots in ancient Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand. At Garden Retreat Spa, we use multiple Asian techniques to target your tense muscles and restore comfort to your body. To choose the right massage type for your session, learn the differences between these massages and the results you want to achieve.

Different Asian Massage Types

There are various types of Asian massages. Knowing the differences and their benefits can help you choose the right type for your session. At Garden Retreat Spa, we like to combine a Swedish massage with Asian massage techniques like a Shiatsu massage. This allows us to combine healing Asian techniques with the modern, soothing techniques in Swedish massages. 

Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage involves long, gliding strokes, percussion, kneading, tapping, vibration, and circular motions. It aims to apply even pressure across various muscle groups. Its benefits include reducing stress, improving circulation, and helping you relax. 

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu, meaning “finger pressure” in Japanese, is a traditional Asian healing technique that uses precise kneading to target pressure points and energy meridians. This technique can relieve tension and restore balance within the body. It is a comforting and soothing massage capable of relieving stress and alleviating pain and discomfort.

Thai Massage

Like in Chinese medicine, a Thai massage uses energy lines to guide the therapist as they use deep pressure, stretching, and yoga-like postures to heal your body. It can relieve muscle tension, boost circulation, and promote flexibility. We can use elements of the Thai massage to improve your range of motion and relieve muscle pain.

Tui Na Massage

Tui Na, meaning “pinch and pull” in Chinese, is a traditional massage that combines kneading, deep pressure, and rolling movements. Your masseuse can apply this pressure using their hands, elbows, and fingers. The goal of this massage is to balance the energy in the body by applying pressure to specific parts of the body. Tui Na can improve circulation, relieve tension, and promote relaxation. The pressure can range from light to deep, depending on your personal preferences.

How To Choose the Right Massage for You

At Garden Retreat Spa, you can choose to get a Swedish massage, an Asian massage, or a blend of both. When deciding on the right message, consider the following:

  • The benefits of each massage type.
  • Your desired outcome. Different massage techniques can be used to promote relaxation, relieve pain, or enhance overall well-being.
  • Your sensitivity to pressure. Choose a massage with a comfortable pressure intensity.
  • Your preferences. If you have a specific type of massage you prefer, you can request it.

Make an Appointment at Garden Retreat Spa 

To choose the right Asian massage type for your session, consider your goals and the benefits offered by each technique. At Garden Retreat Spa, we blend modern Swedish massage techniques with Shiatsu pressure point targeting. This allows us to relieve pressure and sore spots in your body in a relaxing and healing way. Please stop by our Manhattan location today for a 30-minute or one-hour-long session.