The best stress massage is Swedish massage, not deep tissue or therapeutic massage. Why? Because this is the massage that makes you float and float, soothes, and comforts. Therapeutic deep tissue massages are all about digging and getting rid of knots and pain. Yes, they are also great for stress relief, but they can be very uncomfortable massages!
Great Swedish acupressure has the following elements:
- Smooth and relaxing rhythm
- Long, slow massage strokes.
- No discomfort at any time.
- The mind should be able to drift, without focusing on anything in particular.
- The best environment for a Swedish massage
- Soft and relaxing music.
- Dim lighting. Candles are optional.
- Oil as massage lubrication so the massage therapist's hands can glide without pulling on the skin.
- The best type of masseuse for Swedish massage:
- A calm and focused massage therapist creates a calm appearance.
How to find a cheap Swedish massage:
Massage table in a spa; consider having a half-hour massage instead of an hour. Ask the therapist to focus on the back, shoulders, and neck. This will still greatly reduce your stress levels and cut the cost of a massage in half.
Note: Typically, massage therapists will only go to your home or hotel when there is a 1-hour commitment, so you will need 2 half-hour scheduled massages.
Lastly, consider massage schools. Students need people to practice their Swedish massage techniques and the price is very cheap. To find your local massage schools, look them up in the yellow pages. The downside to this is that if you are used to experienced massage therapists, you might feel disappointed that these are students and are still learning.