The right equipment for massage therapy

Any massage practitioner will tell you that in order to carry out the massage to gain maximum effectiveness then you really do require the right tools of the trade. One of the most important things that one needs to perform a decent massage is a good quality massage table.

First of all for the comfort of the client if paramount. There is nothing worse for a client who is lying on an comfortable or unsteady platform for the duration their session. It can even lead to worsening of the problems that they have and also make it difficult to relax which is important for many different types of massage

Then for the masseuse the table needs to be at the correct height so that they too do not pull a muscle or damage their own back in the process of the massage. There are many different widths of tables that are available and all are of course adjustable in height to suit the masseuse or masseur. Some of the widths maybe more suited to certain types of therapy and some to others.

For example someone offering a tantric massage London may well prefer a larger massage table with more space, whereas someone performing a sports massage may in fact require a lot less in terms of width of the table.

These days you will also find that many of the tables are portable and this is great for those masseuses who are wishing to provide mobile or visiting massage therapy and therefore something to bear in mind before purchase. This can be particularly useful when massaging clients that for whatever reason are less mobile, which could be disabled clients, people with walking disabilities or the elderly who may require special treatment.

Finding the right table is quite simple these days with the advent of the internet and so many online shops and can be found usually with some simple google searches.

When Shiatsu might be an option

Sometimes with all the different massage treatments that one can choose from, it really does feel like we are somewhat spoilt for choice and this in some cases can be a bit of a dilemma for those that feel a bit overwhelmed by just too much choice.

It is a therapy that comes from Japan and is usually performed best when there is complete silence in the room as to be effective it really does require some very deep concentration on behalf of both the therapist and the person receiving the massage. Because of this intense focus on concentration it is by many to be something that really can have a great effect on the mind and allowing for people to really get on top of some psychological issues such as stress and anxiety

So this type of therapy is more suited to those looking for the emotional aspect and conditions that affect the mind than the kind of musco-skeletal problems that can be more suited to things like Thai massage therapy for example.

The actual translation of Shiatsu basically means finger pressure and it is now being taken up by those as a holistic option to a range of diseases which include cancer. One of the great things about this therapy is that you wont experience any side effects and perhaps this one of the reasons that it is embraced by those with serious health problems as there are no really any possible complications.

Japan does have quite a good reputation with massage therapy on the whole and another of their therapies is now also coming to the fore as a more of a therapy geared towards relaxation. This therapy is called nuru massage and is more of a fun massage than something that anyone would claim to be used for serious psychological issues, but all the same another great massage therapy from this part of the world.

Oriental Types of Massage

It has long been known that the Asian continent is home ot many of the most popular forms of massage. The most commonly talked about among the therapies are Chinese massage, Shiatsu, Traditional Thai massage and also Indonesian massage.

Someone not to experienced in the practices would probably assume that they all have very little in common with each other, apart from the geographical location, although the first three are similar in the way that the body is manipulated and also with the undelying concept of energy flow in the body.

One of the key differences that can be seen between the western philosophy of reatment and that of the eastern treatments is that in the West we more look at are of problem and then to focus on this area. Oriental styles on the other hand are identifying and correcting energy patterns that are not in harmony within the body and concentrates on getting this balance back into the body properly to achieve healing in the body. The Chinese focus on Qi within the body also looks at the issues much more deeply and that imbalances can also cause mental issues as well as those physical ones that they might be primarily treating.

Put in a different way in the west the practitioner would see the body as a set of individual parts, whereas in the East they would more look at the body as being one entity. London has now embraced oriental massage in quite a big way and one of the latest to hit town is Nuru massage. This is Japanese in origin and is more of a body to body massage that perhaps some of the other more oriental forms, but again follows all the principles above.

Which massage is best? Well this is entirely down to the individual and really what works for you!