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The Ultimate Guide to Different Types of Massage: What’s Best for You?


When it comes to achieving holistic wellness, selecting the right type of massage is paramount. This ultimate guide aims to walk you through the common types of massages, their benefits, and who they’re best for—helping you make an informed decision for your next visit to Artisa Spa.

Part I: Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Swedish Massage

What it is

Swedish Massage is often considered the foundational technique for all other types of Western massages. It primarily focuses on relaxation and relieving muscle tension.


  • Promotes relaxation

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves blood circulation

Who it's best for

If you're new to massage or looking to de-stress, this might be the best choice for you.

Part II: Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Deep Tissue Massage

What it is

Going beyond the surface, Deep Tissue Massage targets the inner layers of your muscles, tendons, and fascia.


  • Alleviates muscle pain

  • Enhances mobility

  • Reduces inflammation

Who it's best for

Ideal for those with chronic muscle issues or anyone who prefers a more intensive massage.

Part III: Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage equipment at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Hot Stone Massage Equipment

What it is

Incorporating heated stones, Hot Stone Massage aims to amplify the effects of a standard massage.


  • Increases blood flow

  • Alleviates muscle stiffness

  • Provides deep relaxation

Who it's best for

Perfect for those looking to relax while also addressing muscle tightness.

Part IV: Sports Massage

Sports Massage at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Sports Massage

What it is

Designed for athletes, Sports Massage prioritises injury prevention and promotes recovery.


  • Speeds up recovery time

  • Increases flexibility

  • Enhances performance

Who it's best for

From casual joggers to professional athletes, this massage is versatile enough for anyone involved in sports.

Part V: Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Essential oils at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Aromatherapy Essential Oils

What it is

A unique blend of massage and scents, Aromatherapy Massage uses essential oils to elevate your experience.


  • Relieves emotional stress

  • Enhances mood

  • Fosters mental clarity

Who it's best for

If you’re seeking both emotional and physical relief, this is your go-to option.

Part VI: Lymphatic Drainage (Manual)

Lymphatic Drainage at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Lymphatic Drainage

What it is

A specialised form of massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage targets the lymphatic system to aid in detoxification.


  • Reduces swelling

  • Enhances immune function

  • Improves overall wellness

Who it's best for

Recommended for those recovering from surgery or experiencing lymphatic issues.

Part VII: Reflexology

Foot Reflexology at Artisa Spa in Leyton
Foot Reflexology

What it is

A massage for your feet (and sometimes hands), Reflexology employs pressure points to affect various parts of your body.


  • Reduces stress

  • Enhances digestion

  • Improves sleep

Who it's best for

For those intrigued by holistic wellness and are willing to try an alternative approach.


Different strokes for different folks, as they say. Armed with this guide, you’re better prepared to choose a massage that’s perfect for your unique needs. If you’re in the London area, consider booking a session at Artisa Spa to experience these therapies first-hand.

Additional Resources

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