Wellness lexicon

Massage - soothing or therapeutic effect through using pressure on the muscles and tissues

The term massage refers to a variety of techniques used to create pressure on muscles and tissues by using either the therapist's hands or special tools like balls or rollers.

The soothing effect of massages has been known for a long time, but it wasn't until the 20th century that massages were also accepted as a healing method. Nowadays, massages belong to the daily business in massage salons, wellness hotels and day spas, where guests can chose from a variety of massaging types as a treatment.

Massage gives a sense of wellbeing and has a relaxing effect on the body by producing endorphins, the body's feel-good hormones. Depending on the intensity and technique used, massages can ease tension and improve circulation in the muscles. The speed in which the massage is performed will give different results. For example, faster massage techniques have a more stimulating effect and a slower pace is used for relaxing treatments.

In general, a distinction is made between medical and wellbeing massages. Medical massages are practised by physiotherapists or trained massage therapists, whereas wellbeing massages can be given by beauty therapists.  Medical or classic massages generally focus on kneading the muscles and are generally more intense than wellbeing massages as they can reach deeper muscles and tissues.

Wellbeing massages induce a calming effect on the mind and body. These massages are often accompanied by a combination of particular products like oils. Scents or candles create a relaxing atmosphere. Asian massage types like Thai massage, Chinese or Japanese massage, Ayurveda massage, Shiatsu massage and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage as well as Hot Stone massage all belong to this group.

With all massages, it is important that they are carried out by a trained therapist with a recognised qualification. Everyone can enjoy massages; however, if you are pregnant or have been ill, it is advisable to inform the therapist before any treatment so your individual circumstance can be considered.

Related topics: Fasciae , Tuina Massage , Aqua massage bed

This service is offered by the following hotels

Wellnesshotel Diedrich

Wellnesshotel Diedrich **** Sauerland (Details)

Verdinser Hof

Verdinser Hof ****S Südtirol/ Italien (Details)

Strandhotel Ostseeblick

Strandhotel Ostseeblick ****S Ostsee/Insel Usedom (Details)

Grand Hotel Binz

Grand Hotel Binz ***** Ostsee / Insel Rügen (Details)

Freund - Das Hotel und Spa-Resort GmbH

Freund - Das Hotel und Spa-Resort GmbH ****S Südliches Sauerland (Details)

Bad Clevers Gesundheitsresort & Spa

Bad Clevers Gesundheitsresort & Spa Allgäu (Details)

Familienhotel Sonnenpark

Familienhotel Sonnenpark Sauerland / Nordhessen (Details)

Hotel Eisvogel

Hotel Eisvogel **** Niederbayern (Details)

Hotel Therme Bad Teinach

Hotel Therme Bad Teinach **** Nordschwarzwald (Details)

Romantik & Wellness Hotel Achterdiek

Romantik & Wellness Hotel Achterdiek ****S Nordsee - Insel Juist (Details)

Seeschlößchen | Ayurveda & Naturresort

Seeschlößchen | Ayurveda & Naturresort ****S Niederlausitz (Details)

Romantik- und Wellnesshotel Deimann

Romantik- und Wellnesshotel Deimann ***** Hochsauerland (Details)

Berghotel Astenkrone

Berghotel Astenkrone ****S Sauerland (Details)

Fürst Jaromar Hotel-Resort & Spa

Fürst Jaromar Hotel-Resort & Spa **** Ostsee/Insel Rügen (Details)

Engel Obertal Wellness & Genuss Resort

Engel Obertal Wellness & Genuss Resort ***** Nordschwarzwald (Details)

Wellness & Spa Resort Mooshof ****S

Wellness & Spa Resort Mooshof ****S ****S Bayerischer Wald (Details)

Hotel Neptun

Hotel Neptun ***** Warnemünde/Ostsee (Details)

Wellness-Hotel Sommer

Wellness-Hotel Sommer **** Allgäu (Details)

Das Mühlbach Thermal Spa & Romantik Hotel

Das Mühlbach Thermal Spa & Romantik Hotel ****S Niederbayern (Details)

Waldhaus Ohlenbach

Waldhaus Ohlenbach **** Hochsauerland (Details)

Nationalpark-Hotel Schliffkopf

Nationalpark-Hotel Schliffkopf ****S Nordschwarzwald (Details)

Göbel's Schlosshotel

Göbel's Schlosshotel "Prinz von Hessen" ***** Nordhessen (Details)

Parkhotel am Soier See

Parkhotel am Soier See ****S Oberbayern (Details)

Moselromantikhotel Keßler-Meyer

Moselromantikhotel Keßler-Meyer ****S Mosel (Details)