What Massage Should I Book?
At The Little Parlour, we offer two massage treatments – Swedish Massage and Lava Shell Massage. Here are our recommendations of which one you should book and why…
Our Swedish massage treatment delivers a relaxing massage through gentle circular pressure applied by our therapist’s hands. It is restorative, working with the muscles and soft tissues to provide calm and balance and even have an overall effect on your wellbeing.
The goal of a Swedish massage is to improve your circulation and promote relaxation through soothing your muscles. It is therefore very different to a deep tissue massage or sports massage. The techniques involve soft strokes over areas which are more prone to pain or without much muscle coverage. Where the muscles are bigger, the pressure is changed and will be deeper.
Benefits of a Swedish massage include easing muscle pain, increased blood circulation, increased range of movement, reduced stress, aids immunity, improves sleep and releases the feel good chemicals.
lava shell massage
A lava shell massage is when our therapist uses a tiger clam shell to massage your muscles. The clams have been harvested for food in the Philippines for hundreds of years. The shells used to be thrown away but are now being recycled and used for lava shell massage. The heat is produced by inserting a lava gel sachet and activator liquid into the shell.
A lava shell massage is extremely good if you have tense muscles as the heat from the lava shells will gently relax and remove knots. There are also minerals in the shell including dried sea kelp, dead sea salt, essential oils and calcium ions all of which are transferred to your skin during the massage. Calcium helps to firm the skin and encourage regeneration. Our therapist will press the shells onto key points of your body to relax your muscles, they will then use the smooth part of the shell to massage your body and the back of the shell can be used to work away any tight knots in your muscles.
The benefits of a lava shell massage include a boost in circulation of blood and lymph, soothe aches and pains, reduce any swelling or water retention and ultimately helps you to relax.