Hot Stone Massage Vs. Deep Tissue Massage

Different Types of Massages

Anushka Spa & Salon located at City Place in West Palm Beach, Florida offers a wide array of massages specifically designed to meet your needs. But how do you actually choose the right massage for you?

The goals are really the important thing to consider when deciding on a massage. European-style, deep tissue and hot stone massages are related massage techniques with different goals in mind.

Helping you understand the purpose of each type of massage will allow Anushka Spa to assist in determining the best-suited massage for your needs and taste. Our guide will also help you avoid inappropriate techniques that could potentially aggravate your condition. But don’t worry, when you book your massage, our masseuses at Anushka Spa & Salon will review trigger points or specific areas needing attention to begin your massage.

European Massage

Enjoy the relaxing effects of this European-style massage while improving circulation, relieving muscle tension, and heightening your sense of well-being.

A European-style massage, is known as Anushka’s traditional massage. Enjoy the relaxing effects of this European-style massage while improving circulation, relieving muscle tensions, and heightening your sense of well-being with an oil massage that uses a repertoire of specific massage movements.

Our massage therapists at Anushka Spa & Salon use long, smooth strokes using one or both hands known as Effleurage.

Another commonly used techinque is the kneading movement used to pick up and twist your superficial tissues by separating layers of connective tissue to enhance blood and lymph circulation. This technique helps to not only relax but tone muscles.

If you have had a European-massage before, we are sure you remember the percussion of drumming and tapping, which is used to increase local blood circulation and relax nerves.

The friction produced by the above techniques helps to address the pressure points discussed during your massage consultation before your masseuse at Anushka Spa & Salon begins. You can request light, medium or heavy pressure depending on the tightness of the muscles and what you can or want to tolerate.

If you have never had a professional massage before or if you aren’t exactly sure what you like, the European-style full body massage is a great place to start.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

While our European-style massage at Anushka Spa & Salon is used to relax superficial muscles and stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph, our deep tissue massage focuses on the connective tissue. Our Deep Tissue massage utilizes flowing techniques to open locked muscles and release toxins.

The connective tissue is what connects and supports all structures of the body including skin, organs, muscles, and bones. This therapeutic massage releases the connective tissue making your muscles softer, longer and more flexible.

The deep pressure of this massage separates layers of muscles that have adhered to each other due to injury or overuse. Deep tissues massages are often referred to ask a sports massage. Our deep tissue therapists at Anushka Spa use their hands, fingers, thumbs, forearms and elbows to stretch muscles and connective tissue layer by layer across parts of the body.

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Hot Stone Massage

Our hot stone massage offered at Anushka Spa allows you to experience the unique sensation of ultra-smooth stones and healing touch while the heat deeply penetrates your muscles and eases you into a complete state of relaxation.

The hot stones work to reduce the tension within your muscles causing hyperemia or increased blood flow to the areas where the stones are placed.

Your therapist at Anushka Spa & Salon will place the stones along your back, on your hands, and even between your toes. They will use larger flat stones to make long strokes along the length of your muscles.

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Our European-style massage or traditional massage is our most widely practiced form of massage for good reason: this European massage has many benefits and it a very relaxing, and soothing massage. Deep tissue massage is used for our clients to treat chronic pain and limited range of motion; improve posture, balance and movement; and help our athletes train. Hot stone massage is used for the same reasons you would use a heating pad, to relieve the tension of your muscles by the use of heat.

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Please keep in mind there are times when a specific massage is inappropriate due to certain conditions.

We advise avoiding hot stone massage if your skin is red, inflamed or infected or if you have a breakout of acne.

If you have recently had an injury or surgery, are pregnant, have a fever or a contagious illness or have implants such as stents, you should avoid deep tissue massages temporarily.

We recommend avoiding all forms of massage if you have a blood clot, history of blood clots, or red, hot and painful varicose veins.

If you are at all uncertain about which type of massage to have, our therapists at Anushka Spa & Salon will gladly discuss your goals.

To book your next massage at Anushka Spa & Salon Call or Text 561.820.0500.