10 Best Massages In the World

If God created those aches for us to bear, then he also invented massages for us that offer rejuvenating and blissful experiences to counter them. Apart from alleviating our pains, these massages also work on a spiritual and mental level as they transcend us from that earthly existence to a sublime platform. After all, the best way to rejuvenate your mental being is through your body only and this is what these massages cater to. Let us see at least 10 of the best massages in the world for which people especially make a visit to that place.

1. Indian Ayurveda Massage

Indian Ayurveda Massage - Best Massages In the World

The guru of them all, the Indian Ayurvedic massage is perhaps the best massage in the world. This is the one that has given birth to many other forms. It is known to detox and reduce your stress with the help of its herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type. A variety of Ayurvedic techniques is applied to work along the energy channels of your body in a synchronized manner to restore the flow of vital energy, Prana, where it has become blocked.

Where to get it done: Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Kerala, Ananda in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Devaaya in Goa, The Leela in Udaipur


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2. Hot Stone Massage

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Believed to date back to the ancient Egyptians, the hot stone massage brings in natural feeling of pervasive warmth to experience deep relaxation. The warmth of the lava stones travels deep under your skin and transmits a unique body feeling. With this wellness massage your muscles relax and your bloodstream is animated. It promotes the oxygen supply for the cells and the purification. The oil applied connects this massage with aroma therapy. Since old times hot stones are used for therapy in pacific, Asian and American zone.

Where to get it done: Kuta, Midori Spa in Vietnam


3. Balinese Massage

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Balinese is a form of deep massage and is designed to work almost every muscle in the body. The masseuse will use a variety of techniques, including acupressure movements, such as press point and palm pressure, and standard massage techniques like sliding, long exploration, short exploration, and kneading. This massage is not a delicate one, and can typically be felt deep in the muscles; spa versions of this massage may be gentler and more focused on relaxation.

Where to get it done: Mandara Spa, Jamu spa at Alam KulKul Boutique Resort, The Spa at The Legian Bali and Pran Spa in Bali

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4. Thai Massage

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Unlike Western massage styles, the Thai version focuses on circulation and pressure points, promoting internal health as well as muscular flexibility. Treatment often begins with the feet and gradually moves upwards towards the head. The body is gently arranged into four positions (face-down, face-up, side, and sitting position), which enables the masseur to perform a variety of exercises that would be otherwise unworkable. Rhythmic compressions, rolling of limbs, and gentle rocking are Thai massage methods employed in order to relax and realign energies in the body. Infact many people visit Thailand only for the purpose of getting it done. 

Where to get it done: Asia Herb Association, Health Land, Wat Pho in Thailand

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5. Hammam or Turkish Bath

Turkish bath massage is actually a ritual and one of the best massages in the world. The variant of Roman bath, this practice starts with relaxation in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before they wash in cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.

Where to get it done: Kusadasi, Aga Hamami in Taksim, Elis Turkish Bath in Turkey

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6. Swedish Massage

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In Europe, it is generally referred to as classic massage, which was originally organized and described by Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger. Swedish massage consists of a specific set of massage movements: effleurage, or sliding movements- petrissage, or kneading movements- friction, or rubbing- vibration and percussion. It traditionally also includes passive and active joint movements, stretching and bending joints with the assistance of the massage therapist.

Where to get it done: Selma Citypoint, Grand Hotel, and Central Badet in Stockholm

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7. SE Asia Bamboo Massage

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This Asian massage is gaining a lot of popularity these days. Warm bamboo massage uses solid bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameters to massage the body. The sticks are gently warmed and applied to give deep and long massage strokes to break down tension and stretch tight muscles.

Where to get it done: Great Bamboo Massage in Thailand, Rudra Spa in Mumbai, Nurture Spa Village in Phillipines


8. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi

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Lomi lomi massage is a traditional Polynesian technique that bears repeating. Literally! That's because the term lomi lomi (or "lomilomi") means "massage," but in this case it refers to a spiritual technique based on the Hawaiian philosophy of "huna," and how it relates to our bodies.

Where to get it done: Mandara Spa, Touch Kauai in Honolulu, Abhasa Spa in USA

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9. Japanese Shiatsu

Japanese Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and this sensual massage is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing. "Shiatsu" translates as "finger pressure."

Where to get it done: Japan is the hub for this massage. There are many centers that offer this service.

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10. Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Although the word "aroma" makes it sound as if the oils are inhaled, they can also be massaged into the skin. Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

Where to get it done: India has a number of centres that offer aromatherapy.


So which of these massages would you like to experience for those rhythmic movements of body?


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