Relaxing Pamper Day in Melbourne – Part 1

After a tough, tiring week that’s been jam-packed with activities, meetings, hundreds of emails, phone calls and one deadline after another, you need a day to decompress. While you might be remaining calm and focused and plow on with your work for the moment, you will eventually reach your point of burnout. Are people starting to try your patience? Are you having recurrent headaches, stomachaches or backaches? Or you are maybe feeling drained and like you lack energy and motivation to complete your job?

Yep, these are all symptoms of burnout.

I’ve had these types of weeks one time too often to know that just lying in bed watching a movie is not enough to recharge my batteries. Out of the number of tried-and-true methods that work for me, I have to say that nothing is as effective as getting a spa treatment to lowering my stress levels. After all, for our brains to deal with stress more effectively, both our bodies and brains need time to recover after a highly stressful period.

For this first section of a 2-part article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the types of massage you’ll find on offer in Melbourne. For some well-earned pampering, grab a friend and head to Phillip Massage to unwind and let your problems fade away.

What’s on the Menu?

Below is a list of treatments you’ll find on offer in the best spas in the region:

1. Remedial massage

What is it?

Remedial Massage is believed to help in the treatment of muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It improves movement.
  • It stimulates the immune system.
  • It enhances exercise performance.
  • It decreases muscle tension.
  • It improves the quality of sleep.

2. Foot massage

What is it?

Foot massage is a hands-on therapy that borrows elements from shiatsu and reflexology and is believed to help in releasing energy blockages in the rest of the body.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It improves blood circulation.
  • It helps in relaxation.
  • It helps you to sleep better.
  • It helps improve blood circulation.
  • It encourages a drop in cortisol.

3. Chinese massage

What is it?

Closely related to acupuncture, Chinese massage focuses on energy points that is supposed to guide blood and energy effectively throughout the body.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It provides pain relief from sore and injured muscles.
  • It improves blood flow to areas.
  • It helps gets rid of lactic acid buildup.
  • It can alleviate stress.
  • It can boost immune system.

4. Deep tissue massage

What is it?

Performed mainly to treat musculoskeletal issues, deep tissue massage uses slow, deep strokes to target and realign the inner layers of muscles and connective tissue.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It relieves chronic pain, such as lower back pain and Osteoarthritis pain
  • It increases mobility.
  • It helps the body recover from injuries, including sprains and sports injury.
  • It can correct body posture.
  • It relieves tension in the hamstrings, glutes, rhomboids, legs, quadriceps, and upper back.

5. Couples massage

What is it?

This is a pretty self-explanatory. It is a type of massage that is conducted on two people by two therapists that work at the same time, side-by-side. You are not expected to come with your significant exclusively. You can choose to bring your siblings, friends, mothers or daughters along with you.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It helps couples to reconnect.
  • Sharing this moment together helps in bonding.
  • It increases affection. And might make you want to get it on!
  • It reduces family Stress.
  • It is a good opportunity to spend quality time with your loved one.

6. Lymphatic drainage massage

What is it?

A gentle form of massage, lymphatic drainage massage is a therapeutic massage treatment that uses light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to encourage the movement of lymph fluids around the body.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It helps in removing waste and toxins from the bodily tissues thanks to the fluid in the lymphatic system.
  • It regulates hormones.
  • It reduces swelling due to fluid retention in legs and arms.
  • It diminishes chronic fatigue.
  • It helps in mitigating cellulite fat accumulation.

7. Full body massage

What is it?

Just like couples’ massage treatments, this type of massage is pretty clear cut. Everything is in the name. It includes massaging arms, legs, hands, feet, neck, back, stomach and even the buttocks. You can always opt out of having your breast area or buttocks or whatever touched.

What are the benefits of this type of therapy?

  • It helps to improve body posture.
  • It reduces chronic pain of injuries.
  • It relieves muscular pain and spasms.
  • It lessens headaches and migraine pain.
  • It reduces anxiety.

Head over to Part 2 for more details about the other types of massages available.


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